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Agartala: The NDA government has agreed to provide central funding for the core Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) to the Northeast states with the same ratio as earlier, an official said here.

The chief ministers of the eight northeastern states ruled by the Congress, Left and regional parties, through a unanimous resolution, had earlier urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to maintain the special category status for their states.

The funding pattern for the special category was in the ratio of 90:10, where 90 percent of the total expenditure was borne by the central government and 10 percent contributed by the state concerned.

There are 11 states in India clubbed under the special status category – the eight northeastern states, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

“Union Minster of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said that the central government has mostly resolved to keep on with the 90 to 10 ratio funding pattern for 17 Core CSS and would follow the 80 to 20 ratio pattern for non-core CSS schemes for the northeastern states,” an official of the North Eastern Council (NEC) told IANS.

“The funding pattern would be retained based on the recommendations of the Shivraj Singh Committee formed to study the funding pattern for the northeastern states.”

The union minister held a meeting with the senior officials of all eight Northeast states, NEC, Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) in Meghalaya capital Shillong on Monday and reviewed the performance of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, CSS and other centrally sponsored programmes and projects.

“The minister said for the development of the northeast, money is not a problem. The DONER ministry has funds of Rs.2,369 crore while the World Bank is ready to provide funds for the development of the region,” the official added.

( By Sujit Chakrabarty, IANS)

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Anungla Longumer, a writer-musician from Nagaland, explained how her state that has 14 different tribes, has massive ethnic diversities but comes together with a "common cultural ethos".

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Northeast is filled with diversities, shouldn't be stereotyped,pixabay

Writers and intellectuals from the northeast have said that the region is full of ethnic and linguistic diversity and urged the rest of the country to stop “stereotyping” the people living there as peripheral.

Noting that the northeastern states have a  but are marred by political conflicts, they claimed that the region can become “a great force” if the political ideologies match.

“The people of northeast are evolving while people from the rest of the country have a fixed image about us as a whole. Such stereotyping is often disturbing. People just lump us together and term all of us as the ‘northeasterns’,” Anjulika Samom, an independent journalist from Manipur said during a session at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2019 here.

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Noting that the northeastern states have a  but are marred by political conflicts, they claimed that the region can become “a great force” if the political ideologies match.

Explaining the centre-periphery concept about the states, Dolly Kikon, a social anthropologist from Nagaland, said the region is conceived as peripheral due to policies made by the Central government and said such concepts should be questioned.

“The centre-periphery thing has its origin in the securitisation of the region and also the kind of policy that are made in Delhi. It has been built using a very colonial framework of remoteness. I think we need to question that,” she said.

Echoing her, Samom claimed that for the people living in those states, their habitat is the centre of their universe, while the other parts of the nation become peripheral.

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Echoing her, Samom claimed that for the people living in those states, their habitat is the centre of their universe, while the other parts of the nation become peripheral. pixabay

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Anungla Longumer, a writer-musician from Nagaland, explained how her state that has 14 different tribes, has massive ethnic diversities but comes together with a “common cultural ethos”.

“On the ground we are very tolerant about our diversity. We identify and relate with each other. There are a lot of political conflicts in the region due to the ethnical diversity but at the ground level people are bound by a strong cultural ethos. The region can become a considerable force if it can come together in terms of common political ideologies,” she added. (IANS)