Continuation of NESIDS and Schemes of NEC
The Cabinet has given the green light for the continuation of the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) with a budget of Rs. 8139.50 crore for 2022-23 to 2025-26. NESIDS comprises two components: NESIDS-Road and NESIDS-Other Than Road Infrastructure (OTRI), both receiving 100% central funding. Due to government decisions such as merging the North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) into NESIDS-Road, new guidelines have been issued for administering and implementing the restructured NESIDS.
The scheme aims to boost infrastructure in identified sectors, particularly connectivity, in the North Eastern States. Concurrently, the Cabinet approved the continuation of the ‘Schemes of NEC’ from 2022-23 to 2025-26, allotting Rs. 3202.7 crore. These schemes supplement Central Ministries’ efforts and address the Northeastern States’ development needs. The new guidelines for these schemes, combined with collaborative efforts, seek to transparently and efficiently achieve their intended objectives.
What is the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS), and why were new guidelines necessary?
NESIDS is a central sector scheme with 100% central funding aimed at developing infrastructure, especially connectivity, in North Eastern States. New guidelines were required due to government decisions, including merging the North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) into NESIDS-Road.
What components are included in the NESIDS, and how is funding allocated?
NESIDS includes two components: NESIDS-Road and NESIDS-Other Than Road Infrastructure (OTRI). Both receive full funding from the central government.
What are the objectives of the ‘Schemes of NEC’?
The ‘Schemes of NEC’ aim to complement Central Ministries’ efforts and fulfill the unmet development and welfare needs of the North Eastern States. These schemes support projects that address connectivity, social sector deficits, livelihood, and employment opportunities.
How will the newly issued guidelines for the NESIDS and ‘Schemes of NEC’ benefit the North Eastern States?
The guidelines provide a clear framework for administering and implementing these schemes, ensuring transparency and effectiveness. The combined efforts of the Ministry and North Eastern States, aligned with these guidelines, are expected to accelerate the region’s development.
How does NESIDS contribute to infrastructure development in the North Eastern States?
NESIDS focuses on enhancing infrastructure, particularly connectivity, in identified sectors of the North Eastern States. It aims to address critical gaps and bolster development in the region.
How are the ‘Schemes of NEC’ different from other development initiatives?
The ‘Schemes of NEC’ are tailored to address specific developmental needs of the North Eastern States, bridging gaps left by other Central Ministries and fulfilling the unique requirements of the region.
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