Country needs a focussed approach to manage efficient use of available water in the country : Montek Singh Ahluwalia
The Annual Plan for the year 2012-13 for the state of Meghalaya was finalised here today at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Sh. Mukul Sangma. The plan size has been agreed at Rs.3939 crore.
In his comments on the plan performance of the State, Mr Ahluwalia said the State has been performing well Mr. Ahluwalia said the Planning Commission would have major focus on water management during XIIth Plan period and to bring the issue to national focus it has proposed a meeting of the Chief Ministers in near future. He said the country needs a focussed approach to manage efficient use of available water in the country. It was suggested that state like Rajasthan should take a lead in introducing legislative measures for water regulation. The State Government was advised to take necessary policy initiatives for further strengthening industry sector. It was pointed out that petro chemical sector needs promotion. Effort should also be made to fully exploit immense tourism and art and craft potential. Planning Commission also advised the State Government to make full use of Science and Technology in improving pace of development. State should also encourage public private partnership in all sectors of economy. The Chief Minister pointed out that as part of its inclusive growth strategy, the State Government has decided to transfer funds, functions and functionaries of major departments to panchayati raj institutions. He said funds have been allocated separately for SC/ST and OBC in every head of plan expenditure. He said priorities for the 12th plan would include accelerated development of infrastructure both physical and social and introduction of policies which will encourage private sector participation in infrastructure development. Focus would be on education and health sectors so that benefits of development reach all sections of society. He said fiscal discipline with enhanced focus on revenue generation would continue to be the priority of his Government.