A delegation led by Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio discussing crucial issues with representatives from 15th Finance Commission on Friday
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Nagaland: Govt seeks Rs 86,000 crore from 15th Finance Commission

State puts forth four proposals including post-devolution revenue deficit grants, critical infrastructure development, village councils and urban bodies and disaster management, among others

Kohima: To expedite the development process in Nagaland, the state government has sought Rs 86,000 crore from the 15th Finance Commission during the next five years.

State government representatives led by Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio placed a detailed report seeking the amount to the 14-member delegation of the 15th Finance Commission led by its chairman NK Singh during their three-day visit to the state.

The state government has put forth post-devolution revenue deficit grants worth Rs 74,000 crore. In three other proposals, the government sought Rs 7,212 crore for critical infrastructural development, Rs 1,700 crore for village councils and urban bodies and Rs 1,080 crore for disaster management.

In the meeting with the 15th Finance Commission representatives, a detailed discussion was held to highlight the major areas. The government officials emphasised on the need for infrastructure development which would boost tourism in the state. The government also discussed issues related to the development of agriculture, including coffee production, horticulture and organic farming promotion.

Earlier, Nagaland state finance secretary Y Kikheto Sema said that the state government had submitted the memorandum to the 14-member team of the 15th Finance Commission.

He said the state government has sought Rs 3,535.50 crore for five years for the repair and maintenance of infrastructural assets (Rs 707.10 crore per year).

The state government also highlighted the issue of state’s problems for changing pattern of financial disbursement since 1989-90 and asserted that the state government faced difficulty in giving monthly pay and allowances to state government employees.