DoNER launches e-portal for Northeast project

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh today launched a new hi-tech online e-Portal for submission, surveillance and follow up of development projects relating to Northeast, falling under the category of Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resource (NLCPR).

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Singh said DoNER was one of the first ministries to opt for hi-tech method of submission of projects and their follow up.

'This has a special relevance for the DoNER Ministry because this is a regional based ministry and the projects were submitted by eight different states of the Northeast,'' he said, adding that this would also avoid complaints regarding delays or extraneous considerations including corruption.

Noting that there were sometimes allegations of misappropriation of funds, the minister hoped that the portal launched by DoNER Ministry would help in keeping surveillance on financial, physical and visual progress for timely completion of projects.

''This indeed is a major step to bring the people of Northeast closer to the governance of Northeast by the Government of India,'' he observed. Describing the Ministry as unique as it was the only union ministry which was region-based and having stakes with every other ministry, he said the new portal would help in keeping track the various stages of project activities among different departments/ministries including Planning Department of North Eastern State Governments and line ministries of the Government of India.

To overcome delays, the portal would be programmed to send automatic computerised reminders to the state governments and others concerned, he informed. DoNER Secretary R Vijaykumar, Secretary DoPT Sanjay Kothari, Economic Adviser DoNER, Brohmo Choudhury were also present.

Meanwhile, Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang called on DoNER minister and thanked him for taking up developmental projects for the region on a fast track. The two discussed issues related to the current political scenario in the state. Mr Zeliang expressed satisfaction that the fast tracking of projects had earned the ministry all-round appreciation from all sections of society.

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