Friday, 20 October 2017

Biggest annual plan in history of Rajasthan

Planning commission sanctions Rs.24000 crore outlay for 2010-11

New Delhi, The Planning Commission has fixed Rs. 24000 crore outlay for the Annual Plan of Rajasthan for the year 2010-11. This includes one time additional Central Assistance sanctioned by the Commission for construction of High Court building in Jodhpur and development of Dargah and Anna Sagar Lake area in Ajmer. This is the biggest annual plan in the history of Rajasthan so far. This annual plan is Rs. 6678 crore more than the annual plan of Rs.17322 crore sanctioned by the Commission for the year 2009-10, this registering an increase of 38.55 percent over the last year annual plan.
The draft of the annual plan was finalised after discussions between Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahaluvalia and the Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot in New Delhi on Friday evening.
The topmost priority has been given to energy sector and social and community services in the annual plan for the year 2010-11 of the state. After this next priority has been given to agriculture and associated services, rural development, irrigation and flood control.
The Chief Minister, while informing about the priority given to public welfare programmes in the state, said that the common men had been made the focus of the policies and programmes of the State Government in the last one year and special efforts were being made for their upliftment, the positive results of which were emerging in the state.
He said that the State Government was committed to provide responsive, transparent and accountable administration and was working for the development of basic infrastructure in rural areas, strengthening of food security, increasing opportunities of education and extension of health facilities, leading the state towards the road to sustainable development.
Requesting to  re-consider about including Rajasthan in special category states, Gehlot said that if this was not possible, then Rajasthan should be at least given special status by the Planning Commission from drinking water point of view as had been provided to Bundelkhand for agriculture related work, because of consecutive drought situtation there. He also requested that special annual assistance of Rs.3045 crores should be provided to the state for drinking water in the next eight years.
The Chief Minister said that financial position of the power companies was continuously deteriorating due lack of adequate resources. He requested that the Central Government should authorise the State Government to issue
power bonds to the limit of their liabilities. He said that this should be considered as one time relief and kept separate from loan ceiling and the Central Government should provide subsidy to the states against the payable interest. Gehlot also requested for special allocation of coal blocks, keeping in view
the requirement of coal for the power projects of the state and for speedy action for the establishment of nuclear power station in tribal dominated Banswara district.
Referring to the Jaipur Metro Rail Project, the Chief Minister stated that this ambitious projects would be implemented in time bound manner and its estimated cost be around Rs.7500 crores. He requested that 20 percent of the total cost of this project should be provided by the Union Government.
Gehlot also requested that cities with the population of more than five lakh should be included under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Along with this he requested to provide 90 percent subsidy for irrigation projects in desert areas under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit programme on the lines of drought prone areas.
Requesting the Central Government to increase the calorie norms ratio in the unit cost in supplementary nutrition and amending the funding pattern under the post metric scholarship scheme, the Chief Minister suggested that the State Government should bear 50 percent amount of the State commitment fund besides providing 100 percent amount spent in excess of the State commitment fund.
Gehlot said that the State Government would require additional financial resources to the tune of Rs.1758.92 crores for providing various facilities under the right to education act implemented from Ist April, 2010. He also requested that the provisions of the right to education act should be included under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and its funding pattern should be made in the ratio of 85 and 15 between the Center and the State Government respectively.
The Chief Secretary T. Srinivasan, Additional Chief Secretary S.Ahmed, Principal Secretary Finance C.K. Mathew, Principal Secretary Planning D.B.Gupta, Principal Secretary to CM Srimat Pandey, Principal Secretary Water Resources Ram Lubhaya, Principal Secretary Industries Sunil Arora, Principal Secretary Women and Child Development Smt. Meera Mahrishi, Principal Secretary Education Lalit K. Panwar, Principal Secretary Urban Development G.S. Sandhu, Principal Secretary Medical and Health G.S.Sandhu, Principal Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj C.S. Rajan, Principal Secretary PWD Dinesh Kumar Goyal, Principal Secretary Tourism Smt. Usha Sharma, Chief Resident Commissioner of State in Delhi Miss. Rashmi Priyadarshini and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

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