The Central Cabinet’s decision to cancel DoNER (Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region) recommended eight important road projects in Assam has raised many questions over Centre’s actual intention to make the eight states of North eastern region an ‘engine of growth’.
In the recent meeting, the Central Cabinet committee had cancelled eight important road projects for Assam which was earlier cleared by North Eastern Council (NEC) and recommended by DoNER ministry. Total amount earmarked for these eight roads was Rs 100 crore.
These eight road projects included Jagun- Namsai- Miao road near the Indo- Myanmar border, which was regarded important from security point of view for troop’s movement. Of the rest seven road project, one falls in Chief Minister’s home constituency Majuli.
Concerned circle said that if Central Cabinet cancels crucial roads projects which was earlier cleared by NEC (North Eastern Council) and recommended by DoNER ministry then how would Modi government develop the NE region.
Assam government had prepared a detailed project report (DPR) on eight important road’s construction in the state last year after getting a request letter from NEC to do so. The state government had submitted the DPR to NEC and the latter had submitted it to DoNER ministry, who had given a green signal for the eight road project in Assam.
The DoNER ministry is responsible for the matters relating to the planning, execution and monitoring of development schemes and projects in the North Eastern region. Its vision is to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development of the NE region so that it may enjoy growth parity with the rest of the country.
The recent moves taken up by the centre over infrastructure development in NE region was objected by majority of the states.
In the recently held 67th Plenary Session of the NEC in Shillong chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh , chief ministers of these states had objected the Central government’s decision to put on hold developmental projects sanctioned by NEC, by passing the plenary council.
CMs of the northeastern states appealed the Union Minister to review the recent decision to meet the development needs of the region.
The projects sanctioned during 2017-18 were meticulously selected by the state as priority and were also retained and sanctioned by NEC after thorough scrutiny.