1503 Cr+ worth of Sanctions for 11 Projects

Feb 14: Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region (PM-DevINE) was announced as a new Scheme in the Union Budget 2022-23. The approval of the Cabinet was accorded for the PM-DevINE Scheme on 12 October 2022. It is a Central Sector Scheme with 100% Central funding, and has an outlay of Rs. 6,600 crore for the 4-year period from 2022-23 to 2025-26 (remaining years of the 15th Finance Commission period).

The objectives of PM-DevINE are to (i) Fund infrastructure convergently, in the spirit of PM GatiShakti; (ii) Support social development projects based on felt needs of the NER; (iii) Enable livelihood activities for youth and women; and (iv) Fill the development gaps in various sectors. PM-DevINE will lead to the creation of infrastructure, support industries, social development projects and create livelihood activities for youth and women, thus leading to income and employment generation.

PM-DevINE is an addition to the quantum of resources available for the development of the NER. It will not be a substitute for existing Central and State Schemes. The PM-DevINE scheme will be implemented by the Ministry of DoNER through the North Eastern Council or Central Ministries/agencies or State Government agencies. To limit construction risks of time and cost overrun falling on the Government, projects would be implemented on Engineering-Procurement-Construction(EPC)basis, to the extent possible. To ensure the sustainability of PM-DevINE projects, adequate arrangements for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the assets will be made.

For FY 2022-23, eleven projects (details in Annexure-I), including the seven projects announced in Budget 2022-23, have been selected for sanction.

To ensure a quantum jump in budgetary resource flows to the North Eastern Region to fill the backlog and gaps in basic minimum services and infrastructure, 55 non-exempted Central Ministries/Departments, are mandated to spend at least 10% of their Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) for Central Sector and Centrally Sponsored Schemes in NER. The total expenditure in NER in the last 8 years (2014-15 to 2021-22) under 10% GBS has been over Rs.3.36 lakh crore. The details of the Budget Estimate, Revised Estimate and Actual Expenditure under 10% GBS during the last eight years from 2014-15 to 2021-22 are given inAnnexure-II.

The other schemes initiated by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) during the last eight years for the development of the North East Region:

  1. North Eastern Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) during 2017-18; and
  2. North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) through North Eastern Council (NEC) in 2015-16.

Under NESIDS, 145 projects have been approved/sanctioned for a total cost of Rs.3,392.98 crore since inception. Out of these, 06 projects worth Rs.129.50 crore have been completed. Under NERSDS, a total of 29 projects costing Rs.1,939.54crore for a length of about 564.62 km have been sanctioned, out of which 2 projects costing Rs.62.97 crore for a length of 19.13 km have been completed.


S. No.Name of the projectApproved Cost(in Rs. crore)
1Establishment of Dedicated Services for the Management of Pediatric and Adult Hematolymphoid Cancers in North East India, at Dr B.Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati129.00
2NECTAR Livelihood Improvement Project (Multi-State): Value Chain on Utilization of Banana Pseudo Stem for Value-Added Products.67.00
3Promoting Scientific Organic Agriculture in North East India, using Improved Farming Techniques & Digital Data Management through Capacity Building of Farmers and Facilitating Certification.(Multi-State)45.00
4Construction of Aizwal By-pass on the Western Side in Mizoram 500.00
5Construction and upgradation of Bamboo Link Roads- from Tuirial Airfield to North Chaltlang (18 km) at a cost of Rs. 33.58 crores; and from Lengpui to Saiphal Bamboo Plantation (41 km)at a cost of Rs. 66.42 crores, in Mizoram100.00
6Gap funding for Passenger Ropeway System from Pelling to Sanga-Choeling in West Sikkim64.00
7Gap funding for Passenger Ropeway from Dhapper to Bhaleydunga in South Sikkim58.00
8Transformation of 20 schools as Centre of Excellence in the Kamrup District of Assam by Public Works Department, Government of Assam132.86
9Construction of a new four-lane road and conversion of an existing two-lane road into a four-lane with cycling tracks, utility ducts, footpaths, etc. at New Shillong Township by Directorate of Urban Affairs, Government of Meghalaya146.79
10Livelihood projects relating to Special Development of Eastern Nagaland by the Department of Under Developed Areas (DUDA), Government of Nagaland180.00
11Establishment of a Solar Micro Grid for the supply of reliable power to Remote Habitations in Tripura by the Department of Power, Government of Tripura80.79


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