Himachal's annual plan for year 2013-14 has been finalised at Rs. 4,100 crore, which is Rs. 400 crore more than last year's annual plan.
The annual plan was finalised in a meeting between deputy chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and chief minister Virbhadra Singh at Yojna Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“At this level, the plan size for the new fiscal year is almost 11% higher than the Rs. 3,700-crore plan outlay for 2012-13,” said chief minister Virbhadra Singh. He said the priority areas are social sector, transport and communication and energy sector, which had been allocated Rs. 1,371.40 crore (33.45%), Rs. 865.14 crore (21.10%) and Rs. 624.68 crore (15.24%) of the total plan outlay, respectively. The allocation for agriculture and allied activities, and irrigation and flood control was Rs. 530.84 crore and Rs. 301.14 crore, respectively.
He said economy growth rate for 12th plan period had been fixed at 9%, adding that a plan outlay of Rs. 1,013.52 crore has been allocated to Scheduled Caste sub plan for implementing various schemes for upliftment of population of the said community. He said that Rs. 369 crore (9%) of the outlay had been earmarked for tribal area sub-plan and Rs. 37 crore for various development projects in declared backward areas of the state.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said additional 5,009-MW hydel energy would be generated in the state during 12th five year plan, out of which a target of 1,918 MW has been fixed for annual plan 2013-14.
Project cost of Mid Himalayan Watershed Project had been revised to Rs. 596.25 crore from initial cost of Rs. 365 crore, said the CM, adding that 704 gram panchayats in 44 blocks and 10 districts of the state would be covered with 272 micro watershed projects to reverse the process of degradation of natural resource base and improve productive potential of natural resources and income of rural households in the state.
He said that an outlay of Rs. 35 crore had been approved for the year 2013-14 for Swan River Integrated Watershed Management Project in Una District, to regenerate the forests to protect agriculture land and enhance agriculture and forestry production in catchment areas. The project cost had been revised to Rs. 215 crore from original cost of Rs. 160 crore, along with the extension of terminating date of project up to March 2015, he said.
He said Rs. 428.22-crore ADB assisted Infrastructure Development Investment Programme had been started in the state to improve basic tourist facilities such as information centres, waste management, camping site, parking toilets, landscaping, road improvement, beautification and development of tourist places in the project area. He said houseboats would be introduced in vast reservoirs in the state.
Virbhadhra urged the Centre to start air services to all the three airports at Shimla, Kangra and Kullu to boost the high-end tourists.
He requested for declaring the Bilaspur-Leh via Manali railway line as project of national importance keeping in view its strategic importance and said that only 44 km railway line had been added in the state since Independence and entire burden of goods and passenger traffic was borne by the road transport. He also requested for survey of Baddi-Chandigarh rail link keeping in view its economic consideration, which would link industrial units operating in Baddi-Barotiwala areas.
He pleaded for relaxation of ratio of 60:40 to 50:50 between labour and capital components for execution of works under MNREGA and also requested for enhancement of wages from existing Rs. 138 to Rs. 150 per day. He requested for restoration of industrial package to the state to boost industrialisation.
Social sector Rs 1,371.40 crore
Transport and communication Rs 865.14 crore
Energy sector Rs 624.68 crore
Agriculture and allied activities Rs 530.84 crore
Irrigation and flood control Rs 301.14 crore