Saturday, December 14th, 2019

The thrust areas of plan would include development of physical infrastructure : Ramesh Pokhriyal

INVC,, Delhi,, The Annual Plan outlay for Uttarakhand for the year 2011-12 was finalized at a meeting, here today, between the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Uttaranchal Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal. The Annual Plan size was agreed at Rs.7800 crores. Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia complimented the State Government for maintaining steady growth and performance in some important sectors. He said indicators in the health sector are better than the national average. Mr. Ahluwalia said the State should continue efforts to create enabling environment for public/private partnership in development of infrastructure. He said development strategy in line with strengths and weaknesses of the area would help in accelerating growth and making it more inclusive. Shri Ahluwalia said that the Planning Commission was reviewing the performance of Centrally sponsored schemes in the backdrop of preparations for the Twelfth Plan and would expect States to bring their experience to the attention of Commission so that better results can be ensured in the future plans from these social sector schemes. The State was advised to popularize horticulture, floriculture and dairy farming to improve the livelihood in the region. Related infrastructure should be created on priority and policy initiatives taken to make this activity more attractive. The State Government was also assured that the Commission would take up its request for expansion of Railway network and construction of Air strips with the concerned authorities after detail proposals are received. The Commission noticed with concern slowing down of hydro-power generation programmes in the State and pointed out that efforts should be make to take it forward without compromising on other aspects. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Pokhriyal said that the thrust areas of plan would include development of physical infrastructure, agriculture diversification in hills, enhancing livelihood options, greater emphasis on water conservations and mainstreaming PPS in both physical and social infrastructure. He said setting up of a separate ministry for the States in the Himalayan region would facilitate focused attention of the Central Government in addressing the problems this region. Shri Pokhriyal said the Planning Commission should take into account regional imbalances and hill – plane dichotomy for finalizing support to the State. Special package for abridging critical gaps in infrastructure were also requested. He also sought special assistance for restoration of infrastructure damaged by disaster as also for rehabilitation of villages rendered unsuitable for human habitation. Shri Pokhriyal also demanded green bonus for the State, claiming that forest conservation Act was depriving the State from making the productive use of the land.

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