Radha Mohan Singh urged North Eastern states to speed up implementing central schemes

Umiam: Union agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh visit the stall at the North Eastern regional Agriculture Fare 2018 organised by ICAR research complex for NEH Region, Umiam, in Meghalaya on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI1_6_2018_000170A)

Vastavam web: Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh has urged the North Eastern states to accelerate implementing schemes for farmers where the Centre is providing 90 per cent funds to help double their income by 2022.The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare lambasted the Meghalaya government which has allegedly failed to implement the schemes properly and did not submit Utilisation Certificates in Central programmes.He said the government has initiated various programmes for the welfare of the people living in rural areas, especially the farmers, by improving the current farming process and thereby doubling their income from agriculture and allied sectors by 2022.

“The state governments should act to ensure that employment generation in farming sector is continued to retain the youth in agriculture,” he said.During 2015-16, Rs 1.44 crore was given to Meghalaya for water management and water harvesting and the government could not spend the amount in that year, he claimed.In the following year, the state was unable to spend Rs 32 lakh and for 2017-18, the state has Rs 2.2 crore and expenditure report has not been submitted to the Centre, the minister said.Expressing regret, the union minister said expenditure certificate of the Rs 1.59 crore allocated under Mission Organic during 2016-17 was yet to be submitted.