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Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources(NLCPR) Scheme

Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources

Background

The North Eastern Region (NER) comprises of eight States viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. The development concerns of these States are pursued through their respective Five Year and Annual Plans as well as those of the Union Ministries and Central Agencies. In addition, projects of inter-State nature in the Region are funded by the North-Eastern Council (NEC), which has a separate additional budget for the purpose.

The North East has essentially depended on Central funding for development works. All the States in the NER are Special Category States whose Development Plans are centrally financed on the basis of 90% Grant and 10% Loan. Further, the Special Category States are allowed to use up to 20% of the Central Assistance for Non-plan expenditure.

Objectives:

In the conference of Governors and Chief Ministers of the North Eastern States and Sikkim held in January 2000 at Shillong the Prime Minister stated the objectives of the Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources. The relevant paragraph from Prime Minister's Speech is:

"My Government has also created a pool of non-lapsable funds for the North-East and Sikkim. This pool, meant for funding development projects in these States, will fill the resource gap in creation of new infrastructure, which is a top priority concern of the Union Government.…"

The broad objective of the Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources scheme is to ensure speedy development of infrastructure in the North Eastern Region by increasing the flow of budgetary financing for new infrastructure projects/schemes in the Region. Both physical and social infrastructure sectors such as Irrigation and Flood Control, Power, Roads and Bridges, Education, Health, Water Supply and Sanitation - are considered for providing support under the Central Pool, with projects in physical infrastructure sector receiving priority.

Funds from the Central Pool can be released for State sector as well as Central sector projects/schemes. However the funds available under the Central Pool are not meant to supplement the normal Plan programmes either of the State Governments or Union Ministries/ Departments/ Agencies.

Institutional arrangement to administer the NLCPR Funds.

During the year, the institutional arrangements for administering the Non-lapsable Central Pool has been streamlined. The guidelines to administer the Pool have been revised. The Committee to administer the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources has been reconstituted. The reconstituted Committee is headed by Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and has representation from Ministries of Finance, Home Affairs and Planning Commission. Financial Advisor to the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has been included as a member. Representatives of Union Ministry/Departments, whose proposals are to be considered in a particular sitting for funding under NLCPR, are also invited.

For identification of projects under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources, States are asked to submit, before the beginning of the financial year, a prioritized list of projects with a short write up on each project. The earlier practice of receiving projects throughout the year directly from the various state departments concerned has been stopped. Now the Planning and Development Department of the state concerned is the nodal department for NLCPR and that department is DoNER's interface with all other departments of the state. The priority accorded by the state to the projects in the 'priority list' is only a suggestive and the Committee scrutinizes the projects in the lists in order to identify and finally retain the suitable projects for detailed examination. In examining the priority, the committee is, inter-alia, guided by considerations such as:

  • Projects of economic infrastructure is given priority;
  • In the social sector, priority to drinking water supply and other health and sanitation projects;
  • Projects in Autonomous district Council (VIth Schedule of the Constitution) is given priority;
  • Past performance of a state in implementing projects in the particular sectors to which the projects belong is also considered;
  • The overall utilisation and absorption of funds by a particular state in the past years also guide the overall quantum of projects to be undertaken for that state in a year.

Detailed Project Report(s) for such retained projects are then prepared by the state concerned. These project proposals are thereafter examined in consultation with the concerned Central Ministry/Department. The recommendations/views, thus received are place before the Committee to administer the Non-Lapsable Central Pool, which considers the proposal and accords approval.

  After approval of the Committee, funds are sanctioned and released by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region on submission of an implementation schedule. Subsequent releases are made only after receipt of Utilisation Certificate of earlier releases.

(source: Ministry of Development of NER website)

Projects initiated under Town and Country Planning, Assam

Under this programme it is proposed to implement some major infrastructure development schemes like Drainage, Road, Solid Waste Management, Truck/ Bus Terminus, Multi Utility Hall etc. in all District, Sub-Divisional Head quarters towns availing financial assistance under Non Lapsable Central Pool Resources.

As on August 2017, 18 (Eighteen) projects have been sanctioned for estimated amount of Rs. 291.61 crores under NLCPR. Out of this, Govt. of India released an amount of Rs.120.83 crores and State Govt has released Rs.1.40 crore, which are being implemented by ULB concerned. Out of 18 projects, 1 project has already been completed. Details are in Status Report

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Summary of NLCPR Schemes209.99 KBswf-image
Guidelines for Administration of NLCPR115.37 KBswf-image
Revised Guidelines for Administration of NLCPR118.51 KBswf-image
Present Status of Projects under NLCPR Schemes126.73 KBswf-image
Revised Administrative Approval for Tinsukia and Nagaon under NLCPR Scheme284.61 KBswf-image