The Annual Plan for the year 2013-14 for the state of Madhya Pradesh was finalised in New Delhi on 22 May 2013 at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The plan size has been agreed at 35500 crore rupees.
During the meeting, attention was drawn to strong potential available in both culture and tourism sectors, the State was advised to focus more on development of projects in these sectors . It was pointed out that the State continues to lag behind All India average in most of the Socio-Economic indicators. There is a widening gap between per capita income of State (27850 rupees) and the Country (43624 rupees). The State has to take continuous and a concerted effort to improve it’s the development indicators. The Twelfth Five Year Plan, which aims for faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth, will require continued work in several areas of development and a change in strategy in some others.
Madhya Pradesh government sought Planning Commission support in getting adequate allocation of coal blocks and coal-linkages, forest clearance for power projects, continuing the present funding pattern of Central Share in SarvaShikshaAbhiyan (SSA), increasing Central Assistance of Viability Gap Fund for infrastructure projects.