Thursday, February 27th, 2020

The biggest challenge before the State is to provide adequate drinking water to all : Bhupinder Singh Hooda

INVC,, Delhi,, Annual Plan size for Haryana for the year 2011-12 was finalized here today at a meeting between the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The Plan outlay for 2011-12 was agreed at Rs.20358 crores. In his comments on the performance of the State, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission complimented the State Government for economic development and reforms in the power sector. He also appreciated the State Government for encouraging private sector participation in accelerating the pace of development and establishing financial viability of urbanization. He said the State the State Government was doing an appreciable effort in empowerment and safety of women work force. Mr. Ahluwalia complimented the State Government for performance in the sports sector and said that State did exceeding well in both Commonwealth and Asian Games. Policy initiative aimed at faster and more inclusive growth were appreciated. The Minister of State for Planning Mr. Ashwani Kumar said that the State needs to focus more on commercial crops and priority should be given to electricity generation so that the State is self sufficient in meeting the growing demands. He said horticulture needs to be promoted for which horticulture produce can be exempted from APMC Act. The growth rate of GSDP during the Tenth Five Year Plan was 9.51 per cent against the All-India growth of 7.82 per cent. During 2007-08 the State witnessed a growth rate of 9.52 per cent which declined to 7.92 per cent during 2008-09 and 9.07 per cent in 2009-10 (advance estimate). The per capita income in the State at constant prices has steadily increased from Rs.26,748 in 2002-03 to Rs.41,896 in 2008-09. The corresponding figure for All-India is Rs. 17,109 to Rs. 25,494 respectively for the same period. The per capita income is estimated to be Rs.44, 493/- during 2009-10. The economy is in the continuous process of shifting from Agriculture to Service sector as the share Primary Sector in GSDP is continuously declining whereas the share of Tertiary Sector is increasing. The State needs to ensure Gender Budgeting by incorporating gender perspectives in policies/planning and implementation across all the departments and ministries. Briefing the Commission on the pace of development and financial health of the State Chief Minister Said fiscal reforms have given the State fiscal stability. He said the State continues to be a preferred destination and investments of Rs.53000 crores have catalyzed during last five years which includes FDI of Rs.9400 crores. Exports have crossed Rs.43000 crores during 2009-10 of which Rs.23000 crores are from IT Sector. He said the biggest challenge before the State is to provide adequate drinking water to all 7385 habitations in the State with emphasis in backward areas like Mewat and Mahender Garh districts.

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