The Annual Plan for 2013-14 for the State of Chhattisgarh was finalised on 31 July 2013 at a meeting between Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission and Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. The Plan size was agreed at 25250crore rupees which includes the central assistance to the State Plan of about 2574 crore rupees. In addition, an amount of about 6000crore rupees is likely to flow from the Centre to Chhattisgarh through various Centrally Sponsored Schemes. Thus, Plan funding from the Central Government to the State of Chhattisgarh, from all sources, is expected to be over 8574crore rupees during 2013-14.
Chhattisgarh state is following right policy of inclusive development with focus on private participation in infrastructure development. While appreciating the State Government’s effort in improving human development index, it was pointed out that health indicators have shown substantial improvement but deterioration in child sex ratio is a matter of concern.
The Planning Commission also appreciated the State Government for focusing on the creation of appropriate industrial infrastructure and development of cluster based industrial units. Industrial investment should be encouraged in the mineral sector as the State has rich mineral endowment. Public private partnership in development of industrial infrastructure needs to be encouraged. The Twelfth Five Year Plan, which aims for faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth, will require continued work in several areas of development.
It is widely recognized that adequate investment in the development of infrastructure is a prerequisite for higher growth. In this context, steps have been taken by the government to create an enabling environment to promote investment in infrastructure. The strategy for the Twelfth plan encourages private sector participation directly as well as through various forms of PPPs, wherever desirable. Therefore, resources have to be mobilized from the private sector also to ensure that targets, in physical and financial terms, are met by the end of the Twelfth Plan period.
The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh stated that during 12th plan period State would be following a policy of faster and more inclusive growth with 10 per cent growth target. Higher investments would be made in agriculture to improve productivity and income. Social sector spending would be further enhanced to reduce disparity inhuman development indicators and achieve millennium development goals.
Chhattisgarh is targeting a growth of nine per cent in 2013 with higher investment in agriculture to improve farm productivity and income. Physical infrastructure is being upgraded with efficient and judicious use of natural resources. Use of renewable sources of energy is being promoted.
When: 31 July 2013.
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