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PC Approves RS. 27, 500 CRORE Outlay for Annual Plan

Rajathan CM Gehlot Discuesses Annual Plna with Ahluwalia

Jaipur, The Planning Commission has approved Rs. 27,500 crore outlay for the Annual Plan of Rajasthan for the year 2011-12. So far it is the largest annual plan for the state till now. This annual plan is Rs 3500 crore more than the annual plan of Rs. 24,000 crore approved by the Planning Commission for the year 2010-11. 

The draft of annual plan was finalized after the discussion between Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at Yojna Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday evening. 

The Energy Sector has been accorded top priority in the Annual Plan 2011-12. The second priority has been given to Social and Community Services in the plan. The proposed plan expenditure amount for these sectors is 44 and 30 percent respectively. 

During the meeting with the Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said Energy sector had been accorded top priority in the annual plan 2010-11 also, but the state government is facing difficulty in achieving the targets because coal blocks not allocated by the centre. He said due to this it is likely that Rs. 3700 crore would be less spent in the plan. Gehot said for the allocation of coal blocks requests have been made time to time to the Prime Minister, Union Coal Minister and Union Minister for Environment along with the Planning Commission. He said the Govt. of India has constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to discuss the issue and we hope that with the recommendation of the GoM further action would be taken regarding allocation of coal blocks. 
The Chief Minister said by increasing amount for Education, Health, Drinking Water, Urban Development & Housing, SC/ST, Woman & Child Development the state government allocated 1/3 of the annual plan under these heads and we hope that the likely expenditure under the annual plan 2010-11 to remain Rs. 22,000 crore. He said the approved outlay of State's Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) by Planning Commission is Rs 71,732 crore. Against this outlay, an amount of ` 95,000 crore is expected to be spent during the Eleventh Five year Plan which is more than the target. Discussing the financial management of the state Gehlot said Rajasthan completes the eligibility conditions for loan wavering for the year 2008-09. He said keeping this in view the Centre should rethink regarding Rs. 308 crore recovered by the Centre in the end of the year 2009-10. 
Mentioning drinking water as the biggest challenge for Rajasthan Gehlot said around 34,000 villages and dhanis are having problem regarding safe drinking water. Gehlot said that  achieve the target set by the Govt. of India to avail safe drinking water in villages and dhanis by 2012 is not possible. He said in the previous year also the state government had made request to the Planning Commission that if the Govt. of India provides minimum of Rs. 5000 crore in the next 4-5 years and the remaining amount provided in the state budget it is likely to achieve the target by 2015-16. 

Constitute Team of Experts and Provide Special Assistance Package :- Gehlot requested the Planning Commission that if it was not possible to give the status of special state to Rajasthan, than keeping in view the peculiar circumstances of the state special assistance package like Punjab, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar should be provided to the state. He suggested that if Government of India did not agree to the policy of providing drinking water from surface sources to the villages and 'dhanis' of the state than a team of National experts be constituted so that it could provide right technical guidance. 

Request for Laying down Ratlam-Banswara-Dungarpur Rail Line Referring to the power projects Gehlot said that the state would produce additional power of 3150 megawatts by the end of     11th Five Year Plan, which would be about 175 percent more as compared to the target. He requested that state should be provided coal linkages and coal blocks along with environmental clearances and said that no railway line was available for transportation of coal in the tribal dominated Banswara district. 

Demand to Include other cities under JNNURM :Gehlot requested that all the citities with the population of more than five lakh in the state should be included under the JNNURM. He informed that Jaipur, Ajmer and Pushkar was included under the scheme presently. 
The Chief Secretary S.Ahmed, Additional Chief Secretary Finance, C.K.Mathew, Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Residential Commissioner Rajeev Sharma, Principal Secretary Planning D.B.Gupta, Principal Secretary to CM Shrimat Pandey and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

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