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North East Special Contribution

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

INITIATIVES TAKEN BY THE MINISTRY FOR THE NORTH EASTERN REGION

A             DEPARTMENT OF SECONDARY & HIGHER EDUCATION

  With the adoption of the National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP), several new initiatives have been taken by the UPA Government since its assumption of office. The NCMP seeks to translate the broad vision under the National Policy of Education. One of the commitments under the NCMP is that all North Eastern States will be given special attention to upgrade and expand infrastructure.

   To oversee efforts under the NCMP, the MHRD has constituted  a high-level committee for attending to the problems relating to education and women and child development in the North East. The committee is chaired by the Minister for HRD and has the Chief Ministers,  Education Ministers  and Social Welfare Ministers  of  the NE States, as its members.

Following major initiatives have been taken by the Ministry of HRD for the North Eastern Region during last one year :-

 SECONDARY EDUCATION

–     Kendriya Viddyalayas (KVs)  and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs):

The Central Government’s major interventions in secondary education are through the setting up of  the  Kendriya  Vidyalayas   and  the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. 

There are at present 933 KVs which are pace-setting institutions offering quality education at affordable rates. The scheme of JNVs envisages residential schooling in each district.

S.No

State

No.of KVs sanctioned

No. of JNVs sanctioned

1.

Arunachal Pradesh

13

13

2.

Assam

49

20

3.

Manipur

05

09

4.

Meghalaya

07

07

5.

Mizoram

02

07

6.

Nagaland

05

07

7.

Sikkim

02

04

8.

Tripura

05

04

New Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas sanctioned  during last year

S.No.

Name of District

State

1.

East Sikkim

Sikkim

2.

Saiha

Mizoram

3.

West Kamang

Arunachal Pradesh

4.

Champhai

Mizoram

5.

Kiphire

Nagaland

JNV shifted to permanent site during last year

S.No.

Name of JNV

State

1.

West Siang

Arunachal Pradesh

2.

Changlang

Arunachal Pradesh

3.

Nalbari

Assam

4.

Jorhat

Assam

5.

Thoubal

Manipur

6. 

Chandel

Manipur

7.

Jaintia Hills

Meghalaya

8.

East Garo Hills

Meghalaya

 Construction Work sanctioned during last year

S.No.

Name of JNV

State

1.

Papumpare

Arunachal Pradesh

2.

Bongaigoan

Assam

3.

East Khasi Hills

Meghalaya

4.

Lunglei

Mizoram

5.

Kolasib

Mizoram

6. 

Lawngthlai

Mizoram

7.

Aizawl

Mizoram

8.

Mon

Nagaland

The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) constituted several sub-committees to go into various issues of secondary education. These Committees gave their reports which were adopted by the  CABE in July, 2005. Based on the recommendations of the CABE, the following steps are being taken by the Government:-

  a)       For universalizing secondary education the Government has prepared a Concept Paper based on which additional allocation for the last year of 10th Plan and for a scheme in the 11th Plan being sought from the Planning Commission.

  b)       The National Curriculum Framework 2005 has been finalized and this is going to be recommended to the various Boards of Secondary Education. Based on this syllabus, text books for school education will be made available.

  c)       There were criticisms of distortions in history text books etc. The text books have been reviewed and necessary changes are being made for use from the next academic session.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Strengthening existing Institutions:

To ensure autonomy universities are now not required to seek approval of Central or State Governments for signing MoUs with foreign institutions for collaboration in research. The restriction of receipt of funding through Bharat Shiksha Kosh has been done away with. The draft Model University Act circulated by UGC in 2003 has now been withdrawn.

The UGC, AICTE, The Pharmacy Council, NCTE, which are statutory bodies, have been directed to bring about transparency in their functioning and, their decisions. These bodies are now required to put these information on their websites in the public domain.

The Preliminary Examination of JEE for the seven IITs, which are used as screening mechanism, has been done away with and, performance in the Senior Secondary Examination (60%) has been made the screening criterion to appear in the JEE. This will increase the access to the JEE for a large number of students mainly from the rural areas, from the smaller town and cities for whom private coaching was out of reach. This will lead to value addition to school education are various State Board of Examinations.

Presently there are two Central Universities in Assam, and one each in Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya, NERIST in Arunachal Pradesh & IIT at Guwahati.

Action has been initiated for converting the existing  State Universities in Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura into Central Universities and establishing a Central University in the State of  Sikkim. 

    Conversion of Manipur University into a Central University:

The Manipur University Bill, 2005 aimed at conversion of Manipur University into a Central University, alongwith the Manipur Institute of Technology as its constituent College, could not be got passed in the Monsoon Session of  Parliament. A proposal for promulgation of an Ordinance for immediate conversion of  Manipur University into a Central University was approved by the Union Cabinet and accordingly the Ordinance has since been promulgated by the President of India  on 13.10.2005.

   Setting up of a Central University in Sikkim:

The Ministry has since decided, in principle, for setting up of a Central University in Sikkim. A Bill is proposed to be introduced in the ensuing Winter Session of Parliament for establishment of new Central University in Sikkim to be funded through the UGC like other Central Universities. A draft Cabinet Note on the subject is under finalisation.

The funding of Sikkim University which is estimated to be Rs.55.00 crores (Non-recurring) and Rs.32.60 crores (recurring) for the years 2006-07 to 2008-09 is yet to be tied up.

–     Upgradation of  Rajiv Gandhi  University, Arunachal Pradesh to a Central University:

The Ministry has taken a decision, in principle, for conversion of the  Rajiv Gandhi University, a State University in Arunachal Pradesh into a full-fledged Central University. For this purpose, the Ministry has circulated a Draft Cabinet Note for obtaining the views/comments of the Ministries/Deptts.  concerned  and it hopes to introduce a Bill in the ensuing Winter Session of the Parliament for establishment and incorporation of  Rajiv Gandhi  University as a Central University. The University would be funded through UGC like other Central Universities and the financial requirement on this account is estimated to be Rs.105.32 crores (non-recurring) spread over the remaining period of 10th Plan and the 11th Plan period and Rs.9.34  crores (recurring) per annum. 

–     Up gradation of Tripura University to a Central University:

The Ministry has taken a decision, in principle, for conversion of the Tripura University, a State University into a full-fledged Central University. For this purpose, the Ministry has circulated a Draft Cabinet Note for obtaining the views/comments of the Ministries/Deptts.  concerned  and it hopes to introduce a Bill in the ensuing Winter Session of the Parliament for establishment and incorporation of Tripura University as a Central University. The University would be funded through UGC like other Central Universities and the financial requirement on this account is estimated to be Rs.38.27 crores (Non-recurring) and Rs.9.82  crores per annum (Recurring).

–    Establishing of 10 Rajiv Gandhi Chairs in Contemporary Studies:

It has been decided to establish 10 Rajiv Gandhi Chairs in Contemporary Studies in Central and state Universities. These chairs will be on the themes of:  Panchayati Raj systems & Local Governance, Women’s Empowerment, Impact of Technology on Society, Eco-systems & Sustainable Development, Livelihood & Food Security, Nuclear Disarmament & Peace Studies, Tribal Development, Protection of Child Rights, Social Justice, and Secularism & Nation  Building. These Chairs are being established in the University of Delhi, University of Madras, Chennai, Mumbai University, University of Culcutta, Kolkata, North East Hill University (NEHU) Chandigarh, Baramullah University, Bhopal, Sher-e-Kashmir University, Srinagar and the Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi. Named after late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, these Chairs will, over time evolve into Centres for studies and Research on the themes on which  he made an indelible impact on our society.

TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL  EDUCATION

    Setting up of an Indian Institute of Management  in the North East   Region:

It has been decided to establish a new Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for the North East Region at Shillong; This institution would help in setting the highest standards of management education in the region.  A detailed project report for establishing a full fledged campus is under preparation. The IIM would  start its academic operations soon.

–     Faculties of Engineering and Management in the States of North East Region:

In order to tackle the problem of regional imbalances in the access to higher education, wherever Engineering and / or Management Faculty are presently not available, such faculty has been sanctioned in  one Central  University  in each  State of the North East.

Such faculty has also been sanctioned to one State University in those States of the North East, where there is no Central University. The Ministry has allocated over Rs.100 crores for the universities of the NE region from the additional Rs.153 crores provided by the Planning Commission under the NCMP during the year 2004-05.  Details of Funds allocated by the Planning  Commission in respect of universities in the NE Region and the status position about opening of Faculty of Engineering/Management in the universities in North Eastern Region is at  Annexure I.

– Upgrading the Tripura Engineering College, Agartala to National Institute of Technology(NIT):

The proposal for upgradation of the Tripura Engineering College, Agartala to National Institute of Technology  has been approved by the Minister of Human Resource Development, in principle. A Central Team visited TEC, Agartala during 20-22 October, 2005 and conducted the feasibility study. The report of the central team is being finalized and the same will be submitted to the Hon’ble HRM for his perusal shortly. Thereafter, the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) Memo will be prepared and EFC under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Expenditure) would be considering this proposal. Consequently, a Cabinet Note will be prepared along with the recommendations of the EFC for consideration of the Cabinet. On the approval of the Cabinet, notification will be issued by the Ministry. 

–   Status of Establishment of Central Institute of Technology (CIT) at Kokrajhar in Assam:

Expenditure Finance Committee Meeting was held on 21st September, 2005 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Exp.) for considering the proposal regarding setting up of Central institute of Technology (CIT) at Kokrajhar, Assam. From Ministry of HRD, Secretary (S&HE), FA(HRD & JS(T) participated in the said meeting.

EFC while considering the proposal desired that Ministry of HRD may give re-look on various issues such as providing of adequate land by the State Government/BTC keeping in view the future growth of the Institute as well as  the criteria for selection of the courses should take into account the relevance of the courses for the local area / region etc. All these points will be taken care of before establishing the CIT.

Based on the recommendations of the EFC, CCEA  Note is being processed for submission  to HRM for approval.

–     Funding  position of National Institute of Technology, Silchar:

During the year 2004-05, the  Ministry has released an amount of Rs.600.00 lakhs under Plan and Rs.650.00 lakhs under Non-Plan. During the current financial year an amount of Rs. 450.00 lakhs under Plan and Rs.300.00 lakhs under Non – Plan has been released as 1st and 2nd instalments. The remaining amount of Rs. 450.00 lakhs under Plan and Rs.500.00 lakhs under non-Plan will be released.

Scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary Education in NER States:

Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary education grants are being released to States/UTs for implementation of Vocational courses at + 2 level. There are no proposals from the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland. A statement showing grants released to States in the NER Region under the above scheme for the year 2003-04 to 2005-06 is given below:

Grants released to NE States during 2003-04 to 2005-06

(Rupees in lakhs)

S.No.

Name of the State

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

1.

Manipur

47.65

2.

Mizoram

8.79

150.00

538.00

3.

Sikkim

118.05

4.

Tripura

66.68

Total

56.44

216.68

656.50

–    Increasing Access to Higher & Technical Education:

Gross Enorlment Ratio in NE States in Primary, Upper Primary and Higher Education as on 30.9.2002 is at Annexure II.

In order to address issues of overcoming barriers to access, equity and quality in education, use of technology is being encouraged. A National Core Group has been constituted to attend to the coordinating requirements of content-creation, programme rescheduling and bandwidth utilization of the dedicated satellite for education, the EduSat States are being encouraged to sign a tripartite MoU with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for utilizing immense potential of the satellite. Some of the States have already endorsed the idea of an MoU. A pilot project – the Rajiv Gandhi Project for EduSat  Supported Elementary Education – is being launched on the 19th November, 2005. Based on the feedback from the pilot project, a centrally sponsored scheme is proposed to be introduced in consultation with the Planning Commission and State Governments.

The Indira Gandhi National Open University and the Distance Educational Council under the Status of the IGNOU have the mandate to expand the reach of education through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) for higher education. The schooling needs in the ODL format are met by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The regional centers of both the NIOS and the IGNOU are spread in all regions. The reach of IGNOU’s programmes in the North Eastern States has been further enhanced with the launch of Gyan Vani programmes in May 2005, from the new FM Radio stations at Guwahati and Shillong. Radio counseling is offered by the DEC. A new State Open University has been established by the state legislature of Assam, and its proposal for assistance is under consideration of the DEC. the enrolment in the distance mode of higher education is currently 1.9 million. ODL has crucial role to play in the future projections for increasing enrolment.

–    FM RADIO  Stations at Guwahati and Shillong:

The Stations at Guwahati and Shillong were dedicated to the nation by Hon’ble HRM on 29.5.2005. The State Govt. has handed over the building for the Gyan Vani Studio. Steps are being taken by IGNOU for the construction of the studio. The 10 KW FM transmitter for Gyan Vani, Shillong is under installation by AIR engineers. Building for the Gyan Vani Studio has been taken over and steps are being taken for the construction of the Studio.

–    EDUSAT Connectivity:

A HUB, Studio and 50 SITs (Satellite Interactive Terminals) will be provided free of cost to each of the States in the North-East by the Indian space Research Organisation (ISRO). The project is being jointly implemented by the ISRO, IGNOU and Ministry of Human Resource Development.

To ensure that nobody is denied professional education only because he/she is poor, a website www.educationsupport.nic.in has been launched in July, 2005. This will provide access for needy and meritorious students access to information on scholarships for pursuing higher and technical education for Medical/Engineering as well as Non-Medical, Non-Engineering undergraduate and professional studies, four merit Scholarship Schemes have been introduced in September, 2005.

B            DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & LITERACY

–     Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA):

The UPA Government is firmly committed to providing education for all and to honor the Fundamental Rights of our citizens under Article 21(a) of the  Constitution by providing elementary education to all children in the age group of 6-14 years The Government has launched a National flagship programme- The Sarva Shikha Abhiyan (SSA) which aims to  cover all districts in the country in order to ensure access, retention and quality improvement in elementary education. The present goals of the SSA are to ensure that all children are in school or Education Guarantee Centre or Alternate School or Back-to-School camp by 2005. The SSA seeks to bridge all gender and social category gaps at primary stage by 2007 and at elementary education level by 2010. The SSA also focuses on elementary education of satisfactory quality is another important goal of the Abhiyan. The pattern of assistance under the SSA which was 85:15 between the Centre and the State Governments during the 9th Plan, is on 75:25 arrangement during the 10th Plan and would be 50:50 thereafter. There is a ceiling of 33% on civil works and 6% on project management costs.

All Sates and Union Territories are under the SSA, covering approximately 20.9 crores children in 11 lakhs habitations through 8.96 lakhs existing primary and upper primary schools and 35 lakhs teachers at present.

(a)        Fund release and expenditure

Ø                                   The start-up of SSA in the North Eastern States was slow. While Assam, Mizoram and Nagaland initiated SSA in 2001-02; Meghalaya, Sikkim and Tripura joined in 2002-03; Arunanchal Pradesh started implementation in 2003-04 and Manipur in 2004-05.

Ø                                   The fund release and expenditure under SSA for North Eastern States (including Sikkim) are as follows:-       

 (Rs. in crores)

Year

GOI release

Expenditure

2001-02

58.22

4.25

2002-03

157.63

105.98

2003-04

183.96

284.45

2004-05

339.80

397.78

Ø                                   During 2004-05 GOI released 12.24% of SSA funds (domestic) to the North Eastern States.

Ø                                   Expenditure against fund available (2004-05)

    Satisfactory Utilization                                  UnsatisfactoryUtilization

State

% utilization

State

% utilization

Assam

97

Sikkim

63

Mizoram

94.3

Meghalaya

59.4

Tripura

99.8

Manipur

64.7

Nagaland

90.5

Arunanchal Pradesh

54.8

Ø                                   In 2004-05, defaults on State shares from Arunachal Pradesh Rs.5.03 crores, Assam 46 crores (now received), Mizoram Rs.6.88 crores (now received), Tripura Rs.2.5 crores (now received), Manipur Rs.2.07 crores in arrears and Meghalaya Rs.2.79 crores in arrears (now received).  Only Nagaland paid its full State share in time.

Ø                                   Despite that GOI released Rs.217.05 crores in 2005-06 within the first quarter, which is 97% of Central first instalment to NE States.  This includes Rs.16.44 crores to Arunachal Pradesh, Rs.99.69 crores to Assam, Rs.13.27 crores to Manipur, Rs.16.50 crores to Mizoram, Rs.10.53 crores to Nagaland, Rs.6 crores to Sikkim and Rs.35.35 crores to Tripura.  Meghalaya has not sent its Utilisation Certificate for 2003-2004, therefore further fund release is held up.

Ø                                   The total approved Annual Work Plan & Budgets of NE states for 2005-06 amounts to Rs. 604.44 crores.

(b)            Physical Targets and Achievements

Ø                                   A total number of 15218 teachers have been sanctioned to the 8 NE States. Till August 2005, 5204 (34%) had been recruited.

Ø                                   Civil Works

A total number of 39176 civil works have been sanctioned till 2005-06 for the NE States including resource centres, school buildings, additional classrooms, drinking water and toilet facilities. Out of these, 14346 (37.6%) have been completed. A total number of works which have been completed or are in progress are 25732 (65.7%).

Item

Target

In Progress

Completed

% Compl.

Primary School Building

7656

2682

3487

45.5

Upper Primary School Building

2202

676

614

27.9

Additional Classrooms

8604

2005

4093

47.6

Drinking Water

8955

2704

2777

31.0

Toilet

10789

3058

3070

28.5

Ø                                   Coverage of out of school children

The total number of out of school children in the North Eastern States is 10.35 lakhs which is 9.9% of the total number of out of school children in the country. Meghalaya (20.2%), Manipur (19.6%) and Arunanchal Pradesh (16.4%) have high proportion of out of school children. Under the Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) 4.01 lakh children were to be covered in the North Eastern States. Presently approximately 2.83 lakhs children (70.5%) are enrolled in EGS centres. 7.40 lakh children are enrolled in other alternative centres like bridge courses in the North Eastern States.

Ø                                 A total of 1.28 lakh teachers received in-service teacher training during   2004-05 in NE States.

(c)            Untrained Teachers

About 1.70 lakh primary and upper primary school teachers are untrained in the North Eastern States. Assam itself has about 89000 untrained teachers.  During 2005-06 funds for training of 13862 untrained teachers have been approved for the NE States.

(d)            Educational Status (2002-03)

Ø                                   The NE States have high dropout rates compared to rest of the country. At the primary stage Assam (61%), Meghalaya and Mizoram (56%), Sikkim (52%) have very high dropout rates. The dropout rates for the elementary stage (class I to VIII) are even higher.

Ø                                   The Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) in the North Eastern States is much lower than in the rest of the country both at primary and upper primary levels.

Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR)

Ø                                   The Gross Enrolment Ratios for the North Eastern States are generally above the national average except for Assam (86.83% for primary) and Nagaland (65.22% for primary), where they are lower.

Ø                                   Sikkim and Meghalaya have achieved gender parity at primary stage. Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura have gender parity indices between 90-95. Arunanchal Pradesh (83.7) has some distance to go for achieving gender parity.

(e).       State Share

Ø                                   During 2004-05, the states of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh could not release their state share for SSA in time causing delay in release of GOI funds. Also these states have made inadequate allocations in their state budgets for 2005-06 for the state share of SSA.

Ø                                   Now it has been decided that the Department of NE Region (DONER) would provide 15% of the requirement of funds for SSA to the respective state governments from out of NLCPR. Thus the state share of SSA for NE states would come down to 10% from 25%. The additional amount would be given as a grant. The Department of Expenditure would provide additional funds to DONER from NLCPR accounts. A demand for release of Rs.90.66 crores has been sent to DONER.

(f)            Capacity Building

Ø                                   The Ministry has been giving focused attention to the North East States by organizing special capacity building workshops and training programmes.

Ø                                   During the past one year 17 training and capacity building for planning programmes have been organised in these states through NIAR, LBSNAA and also directly by the Ministry. In addition the focus of the capacity building has been on specific areas like civil works, MIS, Inclusive Education, quality improvement and strategies for out of school children where 30 NE specific workshops have been conducted by Government of India. A comprehensive programme for assistance to these states is presently underway for 2005-06.  Furthermore NE States have participated in 15 National Level capacity building programmes in the past 1½ years.

(g)                            Monitoring

Ø                                   HRM & Secretary reviewed in April 2004 and July 2005.  Secretary EE&L also reviewed.

Ø                                   Review of States by Secretary EE&L in September 2005.

Ø                                   JS reviewed Assam in April 2005 and Arunachal Pradesh in September 2005. 

Ø                                   At Director/Deputy Secretary level 19 reviews/support visits have been made in last 1½ years.

Ø                                   8 Monitoring institutions designated for NE States review the functioning of SSA at the field level and submit independent reports to the State and Central Governments. 

Achievement of North Eastern Region

            Achievements made under Teacher Education Scheme for North Eastern Region are indicated below:-

1.         As on 31.10.2005, 69 DIETs/CRCs had been approved, of which 6 were approved during 2004-05 & 2005-06.  As regards CTEs/IASEs, 16 Institutions had been approved, of which 3 were approved during 2004-05 and 2005-06.

2.         Central assistance (Recurring and Non-recurring) released:-

(Rs. in lakhs)

2004-05

Rs.2082.62

2005-06

Rs.974.28

(as on 31.10.2005)

Total:-

Rs.3056.90

–    Mid-Day Meal Scheme:

Government of India launched National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (commonly known as Mid-Day Meal Scheme) on August 15, 1995 to provide mid-day meal to children studying at Primary stage. The Scheme was revised in September, 2004 with additional Central assistance to States. 

2.         Main Features:

·                          Objective

Ø                         Boost universalization of primary education (classes I-V) by improving enrolment, attendance, retention and learning levels of children, specially, those belonging to disadvantaged sections,

Ø                         Improve nutritional status of children of Primary stage, and

Ø                         Provide nutritional support to students of Primary stage in drought-affected areas during summer vacations also.

·                          Coverage

Programme covers all children studying in Govt., local body, Government aided schools, and in learning Centres established under the Scheme of Education Guarantee Scheme and Alternative & Innovative Education. 

·                     Programme Intervention

Children are to be provided cooked mid-day meal with minimum 300 calories and 8-12 grams of protein content. 

3.         Some Important Facts

Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme today is the largest school nutritional programme in the world.  Important highlights of the programme are given in the box below: –

Coverage

Covers about 120 million children of all 28 States & 7 Union Territories in 2005.

Service

Cooked food to all eligible children on all school working days and also in summer vacation in areas declared as drought-affected.

Implementing agency

Decentralize implementation through Village Education Committees / School Management Committees, Women’s Self-Help Groups, Youth Clubs, NGOs, etc.

Annual budget

Rupees 3,345 Crore.

4.         Public Private Partnership

Large NGOs with support from Corporate Houses are providing mid-day meals to children in metropolitan cities. ISKON, Bangalore and Naandi Foundation in Hyderabad are some successful organizations in this initiative.

5.         Status of Mid-Day Meal in North-Eastern States including Sikkim

S. No.

States

Status of universalisation of Cooked Mid-Day Meal Programme

Number of children covered

 (in lakh)

2004-05

2005-06

1.

Arunachal Pradesh

As reported by State Govt., fully covered

1.78

2.18

2.

Assam

–do–

33.87

47.95

3.

Manipur

–do–

2.90

2.95

4.

Meghalaya

–do–

5.03

5.97

5.

Mizoram

–do–

0.96

1.04

6.

Nagaland

–do–

1.73

1.73

7.

Sikkim

–do–

0.84

0.98

8.

Tripura

–do–

4.58

5.26

6.         Central Assistance provided to North-Eastern States during 2005-06

6.1            Foodgrains allocated & lifted:

S. No.

State

Foodgrains allocated

(in MTs)

1.

Arunachal Pradesh

4,540

2.

Assam

92,126

3.

Manipur

6,539

4.

Meghalaya

10,039

5.

Mizoram

1,838

6.

Nagaland

3,762

7.

Sikkim

2,126

8.

Tripura

9,882

6.2        Central Assistance to meet cooking cost:

S. No.

State

Amount

(Rs. in Crore)

1.

Arunachal Pradesh

3.14

2.

Assam

54.62

3.

Manipur

Proposal received now & being examined.

4.

Meghalaya

6.88

5.

Mizoram

1.04

6.

Nagaland

2.12

7.

Sikkim

1.24

8.

Tripura

6.87

7.            Achievement of the programme

As may be seen above, the Cooked MDM programme has been universalized at the Primary stage in all the eight States of NER. It has also encouraged increase in enrolment in these States and also in the entire country.

–    Expenditure in the NE Region:

As per  existing instructions all Ministries/Departments are required to earmark 10% of their gross budgetary support for implementing their schemes in the NE Region. The short fall in utilization of this 10% provision is automatically transferred to the NLCPR for funding specific development programmes in the NE Region.

In pursuance of the Govt. policy, the Department of Secondary & Higher Education  has been able to incurr almost  the full prescribed level of expenditure i.e. 10% of the Budget for the NE Region  under their  various schemes through institutions located in the region.

–   An amount of Rs.1053.50 crores & Rs.261.06 crores have been earmarked to NE Region for the current financial year 2005-06 out of the total Budget Estimates of Rs.12531.76 crores & Rs.2710.50 crores in respect of the Departments of Elementary Education & Literacy and Secondary & Higher Education respectively.

–    Summary of flow of funds to the NE States during the year 2003-04and 2004-05( as on 31.10.2005) is at Annexure.

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