Guwahati: Averting an imminent walkout by the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) from the alliance over non-allocation of the promised Rs 1,000-crore package over three years for the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in the Union Budget, DoNER minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday announced the Centre will provide the promised funds.The Budget presented in the Lok Sabha on Monday allocated just Rs 100 crore to the BTC as a special package under the Central Assistance for State Plans. BTC chief and BPF president Hagrama Mohilary Mohilary rushed to New Delhi on Wednesday to seek an explanation, making the feasibility of a continuing BJP-BPF alliance seem tenuous.


After a meeting with Mohilary, Singh on Thursday said, "We have allocated Rs 340 crore as the first annual instalment." He said the Budget had proposed a total allocation of Rs 24,000 crore by all ministries and departments for the entire region.

Mohilary said, "We will get the promised Rs 1,000 crore in three years. We are satisfied and the alliance will continue." Thealliance for the coming assembly election was forged over this promise.

According to the Budget documents, the total allocation for DoNER ministry for 2016-17 amounts to Rs 2,430 crore, directed at various development activities in all NE states and Sikkim.

Of the DoNER allocation, Rs 808.60 crore has been earmarked for NEC schemes, while Rs 223 crore has been earmarked for livelihood, skill and capacity building. Rs 307 crore has been allotted to northeast road projects, Rs 50 crore to special development packages for BTC, Rs 30 crore to the Karbi Anglong Territorial Council, Rs 20 crore to the Dima Hasao Territorial Council, Rs 79 crore as loans and assistance to PSUs/autonomous bodies, and Rs 900 crore to schemes under the Central Pool of Resources for North Eastern Region and Sikkim.






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