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The Cabinet approves a Rs 6,000-crore northeast scheme

UNION Cabinet approves PM-DevINE, a new scheme for northeastern states announced in Union Budget earlier this year. The scheme will run for the remaining four years of the 15th Finance Commission, from 2022-23 to 2025-26, and will cost Rs 6,600 crore.

The PM-DevINE program focuses on building infrastructure, supporting industries, creating livelihood activities for youth and women, and creating jobs. In addition to basic infrastructure, government schools and primary healthcare centers will get new facilities.

Through the North Eastern Council or central ministries and agencies, PM-DevINE will be a central sector scheme with 100% central funding.

It’s our goal to finish PM-DevINE by 2025-26 so we don’t have any committed liabilities beyond this year, DoNER officials said.

PM-DevINE was announced because N-E states have Basic Minimum Services (BMS) far below the national average, and the NER District Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index 2021-22, which NITI Aayog, UNDP created, and MDoNER, shows critical development gaps,” said the ministry.

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