The Planning Commission has approved an annual Plan outlay of Rs 26,485 crore for Haryana for 2012-13, a 30% increase from the last year's outlay.
The Plan size was finalised in the meeting in New Delhi on Monday between deputy chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Union minister of state for planning Dr Ashwani Kumar, state chief secretary PK Chaudhery and other senior officers of the Planning Commission and State government also participated in the meeting.
Talking to mediapersons, deputy chairman of Planning Commission Ahluwalia appreciated the state's growth in economy and fiscal management. Utilisation of funds by the Haryana government has been properly done. Government is paying adequate attention to different fields including education, health, infrastructure, social sector etc.
Hooda said that 56% of the Plan outlay will be spent on social services sector. State Government will be laying stress on inclusive growth. Asked about the schemes for increasing employment opportunities, Hooda said that Haryana Government will accelerate industrial growth in the state. The government is also laying stress on bringing qualitative change in education and within next five years, Haryana is going to become hub of education, he added.
This outlay includes Rs 14,500 crore for state budget, Rs 9,950 crore for state public sector enterprises (PSEs) and Rs 2,035 crore for local bodies. The outlay is to be met out of their own resources.
Hooda informed that the state economy has grown at an average rate of 9.1% during the 11th Plan, which is significantly higher than the national average of 7.9%. "In spite of severe inflationary pressures and slow down during last year, we have managed to contain our revenue and fiscal deficits. We have combined a policy of prudent and conservative fiscal management with a proactive development oriented focus," he added.
Hooda laid stress on modernisation and diversification of agriculture, reasonably fixing the minimum support price for agriculture produce, enhancing sports infrastructure to encourage sports and channelling energies of youth. While distributing the state's budgeted outlay of R14,500 crore among various sectors, highest priority has been given to the improvement of social services, comprising mainly of education, health, drinking water supply and sanitation, urban development, housing and promotion of social justice through pensions to the old, handicapped, widows and the destitute.
Accordingly, an outlay of Rs 8,198.91 crore has been kept for these services, which is 56.54% of the budgeted Plan outlay. Out of this outlay, Rs 1,684 crore has been kept for Social Welfare mainly for pensions to the old handicapped, widows and the destitute.