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Dr. Jitendra Singh hails Rs 2,362 crore budget allocation for the Northeast

Hailing the allocation of Rs.2,362.74 crores for development of the North-Eastern Region (NER) in the budget presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said here today, this will not only give boost to the physical growth of the region, but will also help Northeastern part of the country to get more closely assimilated in the mainstream India.

Setting aside criticism in certain quarters that enough allocations had not been made for Northeast in the 2015-16 budget, Dr. Jitendra Singh urged upon the financial analysts and social scientists to study budget provisions in detail so that they could realize that there is an extraordinary emphasis in Shri Jaitleys budget on several Northeastern issues including natural resources, financial inclusion, health, hygiene, girl education and youth employment.

In a bid to benefit Northeast with the mainstream initiatives, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, there is a special focus on welfare of labour, agricultural productivity, digital connectivity, skill development in youth, increase in farm income and improvement of work culture in governance.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, Shri Arun Jaitley has always been particularly sensitive about sensibilities of the Northeast and one of the examples of this is that he had earlier announced a 24×7 television channel named Arun Prabha for the region at a cost of Rs.1,825.45 Crores.

Considering that lack of connectivity is a major concern of the region, Dr. Jitendra Singh referred to Rs.1,000 Crores allocated for rail connectivity and Rs.2,000 Crores allocated for road connectivity. In addition, the government has also focused on constructing all-weather roads along the borders with nearly 100% increase in allocation for construction of roads along Sino-India and Indo-Pak borders, he said.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the 4,056 kms of Sino-India border stretching from Karakoram point of Ladakh region in Jammu & Kashmir to Fish Tail in Arunachal Pradesh will get Rs.300 Crores in the 2015-16 budget which is double the allocation during the last fiscal when it stood at Rs.156.47 Crores. This will be particularly a great service to the army and paramilitary troops on duty in these difficult terrains, he added.

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