The Union Cabinet 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.
What is the scheme?
- PM-DevINE was announced by the Union Finance Minister in the Union Budget 2022-23.
- It will be implemented by Ministry of DoNER through North Eastern Council. The PM-DevINE Scheme will have an outlay of Rs 6,600 crore for the four year period from 2022-23 to 2025-26.
- It will fund infrastructure, in the spirit of PM GatiShakti, and social development projects based on felt needs of the North-East.
- This will enable livelihood activities for youth and women, filling the gaps in various sectors. However, it will not be a substitute for existing central or state Schemes.
- While the central ministries may also pose their candidate projects, priority will be given to those posed by the states.
About North Eastern Council –
- North Eastern Council (NEC) is a statutory advisory body constituted under the NEC Act 1971 and came into being on 7 November 1972 at Shillong.
- The eight States of Northeast India viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, are members of the council, with their respective Chief Ministers and Governors representing them.
- Sikkim was added to the council in the year 2002.
- The headquarters of the council is situated in Shillong and functions under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) of the Government of India.
- Role – The Council was initially set up as an advisory body but now sanctioned as a Regional planning body since 2002. They now discuss any matter in which the North Eastern States have a common interest and decide the action to be taken on any such matter. This was done so as to take care of the economic and social planning of these states, as well as to provide mediation in the event of inter-State disputes.