UPA report on addressing the needs of Northeast

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1. Securing Peace

The security situation in some of the North-Eastern states has shown improvement in 2010 as compared to the previous year in terms of number of incidents of violence and causalities of civilians and security forces.

Government of India representatives have been appointed to hold talks with some of the militant groups from Assam and Meghalaya. Meanwhile, Naga peace talks continue.

2. Infrastructure development in the North-East

In 2010-11, 1615 km of roads have been sanctioned, for an amount of Rs. 9160 crore, under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in the North-East (SARDP-NE). The total expenditure incurred under the programme is about Rs. 1067 crore and a length of about 146 km has been completed till March, 2011.

Connectivity in North-East Region

Air connectivity in this region has improved. While 286 flights were scheduled for summer 2010, the number now stands at 370 for summer 2011.

A sum of Rs. 11.61 crore was released by the North Eastern Council, as the first instalment, for the upgradation of Tezu airport during 2010-11.

An extension of viability gap funding to M/s Alliance Air for providing air services in the North-Eastern region has been approved for the year 2011 at a cost of Rs. 47.07 crore.

In 2010-11, as on 15.3.2011, 6971 villages have been electrified, 11183 villages have been intensively electrified and electricity connections have been released to 7.03 lakh BPL households under RGGVY.

Under the PM’s Package Project on electrification/illumination of all villages along the border of Arunachal Pradesh, 726 villages have been electrified through solar lighting and micro hydel power plants.

3. Addressing special needs

During the year, 151 infrastructure projects, at an estimated cost of Rs. 1526.29 crore, were sanctioned under the Non- Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme. Some of the major projects include construction of RCC Bridge over River Aie, Assam; the Upper Shillong Water Supply Scheme, Meghalaya, Upgradation of Lengpui airport, Mizoram and Transmission Projects (Phase-I) of Tripura. 25 projects at a cost of Rs. 237.60 crore were completed during the year and Rs. 805.77 crore was released for various projects under NLCPR.

The North Eastern Development Finance Corporation (NEDFC) has sanctioned new loans amounting to Rs. 421.24 crore during the year. The total amount disbursed against these was Rs. 281.33 crore.

4. Assam Gas Cracker Project

The Assam Gas Cracker Project is being implemented through a Joint Venture Corporation M/s. Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Limited (BCPL) at Lepetkata, Dibrugarh, Assam. The total cumulative expenditure as on 31.03.2011 is Rs. 2167.46 crore.

5. Youth mobilization

As a result of training received under the various capacity building schemes, 1497 unemployed youth got employment.



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