Centre assures financial support for education in NE

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Agartala, Feb 5: The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has launched a number of schemes for educational development in the Northeastern region, to be implemented through state governments, and ensured adequate financial support for the education sector.

Official sources said here today that as per the Centre's orders, the Department of Higher Education had earmarked about 10 per cent of its Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) for implementing the schemes in the NE states.

Meanwhile, the Planning Commission also approved the plan outlay of Rs 6,483 crore for 2007-08 for development of higher education in the region, out of which, an outlay of Rs 640.30 crore had been earmarked for the NE, and sanctioned an amount of Rs 177.22 crore.

The shortfall in utilisation of this 10 per cent provision (by any Ministry/Department except some exempted ones) was automatically transferred to the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) administered by the DoNER Ministry for funding specific development programmes in the NE, the officials underlined.

During 2007-08, proposals worth Rs 51.87 crore had been released for various infrastructure development projects in NE, as part of offering benefit of special category states, while national planning and resource allocations gave special emphasis on the economic and social development of the region.

The development plans in the NE would be centrally financed on the basis of 90 per cent grant and 10 per cent loan, the officials added.

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