The planning commission has approved the annual plan for Sikkim for the current fiscal pegged at Rs 1,500 crore to help the state step up funds for development.
The allocation was approved during a meeting between planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling. Chamling said that the plan is 100 crore higher than current plan size.
Chamling said that plan panel will release additional Rs 377 crore under the Prime Minister's Relief Fund to help the state rebuild its infrastructural that was damaged in the major earthquake that rocked the region in September last year.
He said that entire package of 1000 crore announced by the Prime Minister for relief, rehabilitation and construction activities will be utilised by the state govt in next two years.
Sikkim has achieved 8.95% growth during the 11th plan, against the national average of 7.9%. Moreover, the poverty level in Sikkim had also reduced from 30.9% in 2004-05 to 13.1% in 2009-10 due to intensive alleviation programmes, Chamling said adding that that state govt has ambitious plans to completely eradicate the poverty from Sikkim.
He also said that Sikkim provides best school facilities in the north east, hence, the state's literacy rate has increased from 68% to 82.20%. "Sikkim will achieve hundred percent literacy by the year 2015."
The chief minister said, "Sikkim will be a totally organic state by 2013. Out of total cultivable land of 58,168 hactares, 8,168 hectares has already been certified as organic. Another 50,000 hactares will be taken up in phased manner, of which 39,000 hectares is under conversion."