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Centre To Fund 100% Of Development Projects In North East

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| March 30 , 2018 , 08:04 IST

In a bid to boost the development of North East states, the central government will now be funding 100 percent of developmental projects in the Northeast region, the government announced on Thursday.

Earlier, under the previous policy, 90 percent of developmental projects were funded by the centre and 10 percent by the state. While the currently ongoing projects would continue under the 90:10 formula, news projects would be funded 100 percent by the centre for which the government has allocated a total of Rs 4,500 crore. The ongoing projects are expected to be completed by 2020.

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Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh hailed the decision as 'heroic' in a media briefing after the cabinet meet.

Singh said that the 100 per cent centrally-funded development schemes would focus on areas of road development, regional tourism and higher education including medical education.

"We have also announced a Northeast Road Development Scheme for the 'orphan' roads. This is the first region-specific road development scheme. The orphan roads are the ones which lie between two states and were neglected. Now the centre has adopted these orphan roads," Singh said.

The announcement comes soon after the BJP, which leads the NDA alliance at the centre, achieved massive success in the elections in the North East states.