Himachal 2011-12 Annual Plan Proposed at Rs 3300 Crore

Shimla: Expressing concern about the shortfall on account of the 13th Finance Commission recommendations, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday laid bare proposals for having a Rs 3300 crore annual plan for 2011-12.

Initiating discussions for formulation of the new plan with legislators from Sirmaur and Solan district, Dhumal said that the state government had taken up 13th Finance Commissions recommendations of non plan revenue grant of Rs 7888 crore with the central government whereas the 12th Finance Commission had handed out a grant of Rs 10,202 crore.

The 13th Finance Commission had not taken the state liabilities about pay scale revision, pension and interests into consideration. We have demanded Rs 2500 crore as central assistance and Rs 1500 crore as special plan assistance for 2011-12, said the chief minister.

For NABARD funding, the state government has fixed a target of Rs 400 crore for 2010-11 and sanction of schemes worth Rs 291 crore had been achieved by December. Saying that the years target would be met, he cited that against and target of Rs 400 crore under NABARD schemes in 2009-10, the government had spent Rs 454 crore.

Mentioning the government priority sector of road, education and health, at the same time he expressed concern over delay of preparation of detailed project reports.

GR Musafer, MLA from Pachhad district Sirmour sought adequate budgetary provision for roads construction and urged early restoration of link roads. Asking the government to explore tourism potential in the district, the lawmaker wanted construction of Kedarpur bridge to be taken up on priority with Haryana state government.

Prem Singh, MLA, Renkua pleaded for road connectivity to the villages situated inside a wild life sanctuary area. He also asked the government to ensure filling up of vacancies in Health and Educational institutions.

Harshwardhan Chauhan , MLA, Shillai, Sirmour asked for early completion of Nahan-Kumarhatti road proper alignment of Sataun-Kafota road, completion of old drinking water supply schemes, ensuring functional staff in schools and demanded replacement of burnt out electricity transformers in interiors.

Kush Parmar, MLA, Nahan Sirmaur sought early construction of Post Graduate Degree College at Nahan, adequate funds for Nahan Water Supply Scheme and strengthening of tourism infrastructure.

Gobind Sharma, MLA Arki Solan urged the chief minister for an alternate double laned road that could be used by the cement factories vehicles in the area.

Smt. Vinod Chandel, MLA, Doon, Solan asked for enforcement of traffic laws in industrial area of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Development Area (BBNDA), and a sewerage scheme for the area.

Hari Narayan Singh Saini, MLA, Nalagarh, Solan pleaded for maintenance of the Nalagarh-Swarghat National Highway.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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