Himachal proposes Rs 22,800 Cr under 12th Five Year Plan

Shimla: Setting a growth target of 9.5 percent for the 12th Five Year Plan (2013-2017) period, the state planning board to proposed a Rs 22,800 crore plan outlay for the period with the 2012-13 annual plan pegged at Rs 3700 crore.

Presiding over the meeting chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the proposed 12th five year plan was 65 percent more that the preceding five year plan that was fixed at Rs 13,778 crores.

Besides the normal central assistance and externally funded projects, the government would ensure full utilization of plan funds, he said.

He added that the 13th Finance Commission had justifiably not considered the state liabilities on account of revision of pay scales and pensions and underestimated the states committed liabilities.

“We have the Prime Minister to provide a special plan assistance of Rs 5214 crore which include Rs 2500 crore on account of special plan assistance and Rs 2714 crore under estimated committed liabilities of the State, he said.

Priority in the 2012-13 annual plan of Rs 3700 crore was accorded to the social services sector by making an allocation of Rs 1189.56 crore which was 32.15 % of the total plan outlay, said the chief minister.

Transport and communication has been allocated 778.76 crore (20.05%), allocation for energy is Rs 581.92 crore (15.73%), agriculture and allied sectors gets Rs 480.30 Cr (12.98%) and Rs 914.64 Cr had been proposed for scheduled caste sub-plan and Rs 333 Cr for tribal sub plan, said Dhumal.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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