An annual plan of 30314 crore rupees for the year 2013-14 for West Bengal was finalized by the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee on 9 April 2013.
The states performance in the 2012-13 plan was commendable in terms of utilization of funds from the centre for flagship schemes. In the previous year plan period, the state grew at the rate of 7.6 percent that was better than the national average of growth. The internal revenue growth of the state was satisfactory.
• The states GSDP growth rate increased from 6.29 percent in 2005-06 to 7.67 percent in 2012-13 and was higher than the all Indian GSDP growth rate of 4.96 percent in 2012-13
• The per capita Net State Domestic Product (NSDP) increased from Rs. 22649 in 2004-05 to Rs. 36505 in the year 2012-13
• Agricluture and allied sectors grew at the rate of 2.56 percent in 2012-13 against the national growth rate of 1.76b percent
• The states revenue grew by 30 percent due to the reforms introduced in the tax administration
In the 12 plan the state has identified more inclusive and sustainable growth as the basic objective for 12th Plan period. It aimed at major allocations were made in Social Service Sector, Energy, Irrigation and Transport and Rural Development. The budget allocation was also made for special area programmes to bring the state out from the economically and removing regional disparities.
• For betterment of educational opportunities and employable skill development for girls in the state funds have been allocated. For bringing up the regional imbalances, areas like Sunderbans, Jangal Mahal and North Bengal were given special attention
The agricultural conditions in the previous year plan improved at a great pace and the state made a procurement if 20.5 lakh metric tonnes of rice in the Kharif Season. In the nect plan, the state government has emphasized on development of godown capacity to 7.68 lakh metric tonnes from 48000 metric tonnes.
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