Mukul seeks relaxation



From Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has urged the Centre to release balance 10 per cent amount pertaining to flagship Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programmes saying holding of civic polls can not set as pre-condition for the release of the said amount.

Participating in an official meeting here Dr Sangma said, “Meghalaya falls under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution and hence the 74th amendment is not applicable to the state.”

The said amendment made it mandatory for the states to hold elections to the local bodies to receive full amount from the Centre for JNNURM projects.

“Relaxation of such conditions would help the State perform better,” Dr Sangma said adding that he had already taken up the matter with the Planning Commission and Ministry of Urban Development.

Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the state government has received sanction of three projects under Urban Infrastructure & governance (UI & G), three projects under Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) for Shillong City. Besides, two projects under (UIDSSMT) and three projects under IHSDP have also been sanctioned.

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