Assam Receives Large Funding for Water and Roadway Projects

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DoNER Minister Announces Rs 200 cr Package For Assam

On Wednesday this week, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Jitendra Singh, announced a large government financial package for Assam.

The funding package worth Rs 200 Crore is for projects mostly related to water supply and roads.

At a press conference in Guwahati, Minister Singh highlighted the uniqueness of the projects. He said they are specifically formulated for the needs of the state.

The Union Minister also announced Rs. 125 Crore funding to develop organic farming across the North East region. The first cops will be cardamom and some fruit varieties.

“The project is shaped on ANAND Cooperative pattern and detailed project report has already been sent to various ministries for their suggestions. The Union Ministry is formulating a ‘Make in North East’ model in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative so as to promote the Act East policy of the Union Government,” Jitendra Singh said.

“In order to bring the ministry closer to people, firstly, we have come up with a scheme called DoNER at Doorstep, wherein DoNER officials will visit the North Eastern states and secondly, a roster is developed wherein around eight ministers will travel to North East every fortnight to have an assessment and feedback of state’s plans and policies,” the Minister said.

The Minister also said the Chief Minister of Assam and the ministry will propose an upgrade to Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry. To improve intra-regional connectivity, the airports of other North Eastern states should also be upgraded.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.