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Rajasthan Annual Plan fixed at Rs. 27,500 crore Current Affairs

The Annual Plan for Rajasthan for 2011-12 was pegged at Rs.27,500 crore at a meeting here on Tuesday between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and State Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The Plan outlay for the next fiscal is Rs.3,500 crore more than what was approved for 2010-11.

Initiating discussions on Rajasthan’s Plan performance during the current fiscal, Mr. Ahluwalia said the State had made satisfactory progress and it was likely to reach the targets set for the Eleventh Plan. He also lauded the government for devolution of powers to Panchayati Raj Institutions and for its efforts towards improving the human development index.

The Planning Commission, Mr. Ahluwalia said, was reviewing the performance of various flagship programmes and in this regard would welcome comments from States on whether certain scheme guidelines were coming in the way of improved performance. The State Government was asked to focus on tourism promotion and development wherein it could exploit its rich cultural heritage.
According to an official statement here, Rajasthan’s targeted Plan expenditure for the 11th Plan (2007-12) as a percentage of GSDP (gross state domestic product) is 6.82 per cent as compared to 5.67 per cent achieved during the Tenth Plan period (2002-07). Against a projected outlay of Rs.71,731.98 crore during the 11th Plan period, the anticipated expenditure up to 2010-11 is Rs.69,837.80 crore. As for the Annual Plan outlay, the anticipated expenditure for 2010-11 is pegged at Rs.23,097.09 crore as compared to the actual spending of Rs.18,022.69 crore during 2009-10.

Alongside, the State’s performance in terms of percentage of people below poverty line (BPL) is better in comparison to all-India figures, barring the level of urban poverty where the percentage of urban poor is higher than the national average.

Briefing the Commission on the State’s achievements, Chief Minister Gehlot pointed out that despite the adverse effect of scanty rain and the impact of the global slowdown, Rajasthan has succeeded in managing fiscal discipline and is expecting a good farm output this year. Listing the various social welfare initiatives taken by his government to improve the living standards of people from all walks of life, he said the Centre should consider setting up a national minorities fund and also review the health insurance scheme to make it more broad-based.

Mr. Gehlot, according to a State Government release, told the Commission that top priority has been accorded to the energy sector in 2011-12, followed by social and community services with proposed Plan allocations of 44 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively.


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