Zunheboto, 24 May (MTNews): Nagaland’s sole Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Tokheho Yepthomi highlighted a significant change in the allocation of funds for central projects in the state.
“From this year onwards the state government has to release the state share of 10% after which only the central government will release its 90% share within the next 30 days,” the MP said during the Zunheboto district quarterly development coordination and monitoring committee meeting held at the Zunheboto deputy commissioner’s office on Wednesday.
Highlighting the importance of completing ongoing projects and schemes within the given timeframe, the Lok Sabha MP stated that only upon successful completion will the central government approve the next project or scheme. Additionally, the state government is required to refrain from keeping funds allocated for centrally-sponsored schemes or projects in savings. In case of delays or non-completion, the state government must promptly report the situation to the central government.
During the meeting, Yepthomi directed departments responsible for implementing centrally-sponsored schemes and projects to prioritize timely completion and ensure that the benefits reach the intended beneficiaries.
Specifically addressing the agriculture department, the MP urged officials to provide necessary support, including financial assistance, to farmers. He emphasized the importance of identifying suitable fruits and vegetables for cultivation in specific regions, enabling farmers to not only sustain themselves but also explore opportunities for export.
Furthermore, Yepthomi requested the department to actively engage with farmers, particularly in assisting them with the completion of PM Kisan forms. He highlighted the issue of forms being rejected due to farmers’ illiteracy or lack of awareness, stressing the need for targeted outreach efforts.
In addition to agricultural development, the Lok Sabha MP urged the submission of proposals for establishing power-generating plants in different locations, underscoring the significance of enhancing energy infrastructure in the state.
Shifting focus to the health and family welfare department, Yepthomi called for the organization of awareness programs to educate the public about the transmission and prevention of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS. By fostering greater awareness, the department can contribute to a safer and healthier community.
The meeting concluded with a shared commitment to achieving timely completion of projects, efficient utilization of funds, and maximizing the benefits of centrally-sponsored schemes for the welfare and progress of Nagaland.