AGARTALA: Tripura has demanded fund allocation to all the northeastern states in a ratio of 90:10 for implementation of the smart city mission in the region, a minister said here today.
“Our Chief Minister Manik Sarkar met Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday in Delhi and demanded central fund allocation in 90:10 ratio for the implementation of the smart city mission in the region considering its feeble economy,” State Urban Development Minister Manik Dey told reporters.
“The Centre has offered fund in the 50:50 ratio for the smart city programme implementation for the states, but it is not acceptable to Tripura,” he said.
He said if the state accepted the Centre’s proposal, the government would have to bear 50 per cent of the total cost of Rs 1,000 crore for implementation of the project, which was impossible.
Earlier, sharing pattern for all Central government sponsored schemes was 90:10 in north eastern states, but the 2nd NDA government had changed the pattern, which was not acceptable to Tripura, he said.
However, Dey said the urban development minister did not respond positively to the demand of the state government.