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Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North-East  (PM-DevINE)

Focus: GS II- Governance

Why in News?

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister has approved a new Scheme, Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region (PM-DevINE) for the remaining four years of the 15th Finance Commission from 2022-23 to 2025-26. 

About Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North-East  (PM-DevINE)

  • PM-DevINE is a Central Sector Scheme with 100% Central funding.
  • The PM-DevINE Scheme will have an outlay of Rs.6,600 crore for the four year period from 2022-23 to 2025-26 (remaining years of 15th Finance Commission period).
    • Efforts will be made to complete the PM-DevINE projects by 2025-26 so that there are no committed liabilities beyond this year.
    • This implies front-loading of the sanctions under the Scheme in 2022-23 and 2023-24 primarily.
    • While expenditure would continue to be incurred during 2024-25 and 2025-26, focused attention will be given to complete the sanctioned PM-DevINE projects.
  • To limit construction risks of time and cost overrun, falling on the Government projects would be implemented on Engineering-procurement-Construction (EPC) basis, to the extent possible.
  • However, it will not be a substitute for existing central or state Schemes.
Aim:

PM-DevINE will lead to creation of infrastructure, support industries, social development projects and create livelihood activities for youth and women, thus leading to employment generation.

Implementation:
  • PM-DevINE will be implemented by Ministry of DoNER through North Eastern Council or Central Ministries/ agencies.
  • Measures would be taken to ensure adequate operation and maintenance of the projects sanctioned under PM-DevINE so that they are sustainable.

Objectives:

  • Fund infrastructure convergently, in the spirit of PM Gati Shakti;
  • Support social development projects based on felt needs of the NER;
  • Enable livelihood activities for youth and women;
  • Fill the development gaps in various sectors.

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