New Delhi, Feb 29 : Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that Rs. 1,445 crore will be allocated to the Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) department.
The total Budget allocation for NER, spared over different ministries and departments, will increase from Rs. 14,365 crore in 2007-08 to Rs. 16,447 crore in 2008-09.
Chidambaram stated that the North Eastern Region especially, the border areas face special problems that cannot be tackled in the usual course or through normal schemes.
Hence, the Government proposed to identify the urgent needs of these areas and addressed them through a special mechanism. A sum of Rs. 500 crore in a fund dedicated for this purpose has been set aside in the Budget.