Fund implementation in Northeast not satisfactory: Parliamentary panel

Despite fund flow from the Centre, implementation in the Northeast is not satisfactory, a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has observed.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 13:08 PM IST

Shillong: Despite fund flow from the
Centre, implementation in the Northeast is not satisfactory, a
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and
Culture has observed.

"While funds are being sanctioned, the implementation
is not satisfactory as we would expect it to be," the
committee`s chairman and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury said
here Saturday night.

The committee, comprising 11 MPs headed by Yechury,
was in Shillong where they held review meetings and would
later come up with recommendations to enhance the connectivity
and tourism scenario in the region.

They had visited Assam and Mizoram and would be
visiting Tripura next.

"The visit is a study to know as to how to develop the
tourism scenario in the region and examine and tap the
potentialities of the region. The tourism sector is not
growing as it should be," Yechury said, underlining the
economic benefits the sector can give to the region.

On the poor implementation of funds in Northeast, Yechury
said, "There are some concrete problems. Firstly, you have a
six-month working season in the region due to bad weather,
while the rest of India has 12 months. Then there are problems
of connectivity."

He said the richness of diversity of the region is
integral for the evolution of India.

The committee, which held meetings with various
agencies like NHAI, ASI, BRO, Pavan Hans etc, will seek to
address the issues plaguing the region.

It will prepare a report and submit to the Parliament,
Yechury said, adding that the Centre has assured that it would
be liberal in sanctioning projects proposed by the state
governments.

Yechury suggested that tourism ministers of the
northeastern region should have better coordination so that
tourist circuits can be evolved to boost the sector.

"No tourists come to the region to visit one state. We
have to have coordination among all the states," he said.

PTI