What is PM-DevINE?

The Union Cabinet has recently approved a new scheme called Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region (PM-DevINE).

Key facts

  • PM-DevINE scheme was announced by the Central Government during Union Budget 2022-23 to remove the developmental gaps in the North Eastern Region (NER).
  • The recently launched scheme will be implemented for the remaining four years of the 15th Finance Commission from 2022-23 to 2025-26.
  • It was announced to address the shortfalls in Basic Minimum Services (BMS) in the North Eastern Region.
  • It will be fully funded by the central government and implemented by the Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).
  • The government has allocated Rs.6,600 crore for the implementation of this scheme.
  • The scheme provides funding for infrastructure projects and social development projects that will help remove developmental gaps in various sectors in Northeastern region.
  • The ultimate aim of this initiative is to boost livelihood opportunities in Northeastern region, especially for women and youth.
  • To minimise the risk of delays and cash crunch, the projects under this scheme will be implemented on engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) basis as much as possible.
  • The PM-DevINE scheme will not be a substitute to the existing central and state schemes.
  • The new scheme is unique from the other existing MDoNER schemes that are implemented for the development of North Eastern Region.
  • The average size of projects under other schemes is about Rs.12 crore. The PM-DevINE scheme aids infrastructure and social development projects that are larger in size. It will also provide end-to-end development solutions rather than focusing on just isolated projects.
  • For 2022-23, the scheme will cover all projects that were introduced during recent Union Budget.
  • In the future, it will focus on projects that promises to create substantial socio-economic impact or sustainable job opportunities for the general public. These may include basic infrastructure in all Primary Healthcare Centres, comprehensive facilities in government schools etc.

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