The Union government has allocated Rs.33,097 crore to the Northeastern states this financial year so far, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said in a reply during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha on development funds for the region.

"In the year 2016-17, 56 ministries have allocated a budget of Rs.33,097.02 crore for the Northeastern states which is inclusive of Rs.2,400 crore of Development of Northeastern Region Ministry (DoNER),” Singh said on Thursday.

“In addition to devolution of funds to the state governments, the Union government allocates funds for the development of Northeastern region under various schemes of the Union ministries,” he added.

“Under the schemes of Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) administered by the DoNER Ministry and the NEC schemes, various state governments send proposals on the basis priority fixed by them,” the DoNER minister said, adding that “these proposals are considered within the overall availability of resources”.

Giving information about the development of border areas, Singh said, “Border Area Development Programme (BADP) administered by the Home Affairs Ministry provides for specific funds for development of border areas”.

CPI(M) Minister Jharna Das Baidya had sought the information on the matter in the Upper House.