New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Thursday approved three Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) programmes to accelerate socio-economic development in the states concerned.
CCEA approved to continue the special plan for Bihar in the remaining four years 2013-14 to 2016-17 of the Twelfth Five Year Plan with a total allocation of Rs.12,000 crore for the entire Twelfth Five Year Plan period.
The Committee approved to continue the special plan for the KBK districts (Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput) of Odisha with an allocation of Rs.250 crore per annum in the remaining four years 2013-14 to 2016-17 of the Twelfth Five Year Plan and
Moreover, CCEA also gave approval to continue the special package for implementing drought mitigation strategies in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in the remaining four years 2013-14 to 2016-17 of the Twelfth Five Year Plan with a total allocation of Rs.4400 crore for the entire Twelfth Five Year Plan period.
CCEA noted that the total allocation for the Twelfth Five Year Plan period for all the three programmes is Rs.17,650 crore (Rs.12000 crore for the special plan for Bihar, Rs.1250 crore @ Rs.250 crore per annum for the special plan for the KBK districts of Odisha and Rs.4400 crore for the Bundelkhand Package).
The District Component of BRGF, which was approved for implementation till 2012-13, was restructured by CCEA for the remaining four years (2013-14 to 2016-17) of the Twelfth Five Year Plan.
The Committee stated that the backward areas of the states covered under the state component of BRGF will be benefitted.
All the 38 districts of Bihar, eight districts of the KBK region and 13 districts of the Bundelkhand region were covered.
These programmes are continuing programmes and were under implementation during the Eleventh Five Year Plan also.