The state government is expecting the Planning Commission of India to allow it to increase its annual plan for the year 2011-12.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, deputy Ajit Pawar, who also heads the finance department, and senior bureaucrats will meet deputy chairman of the commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, on May 18 in this regard. In its presentation, the chief minister and his team will explain as to how the state would need more money in different sectors.
Chavan and his team met on Monday to prepare for the important meeting.
“We’re expecting an increase of at least Rs 3,000 crore to the outlay of Rs 41,500 crore that was passed in the state budget in March,” said a senior bureaucrat who is in the know of the matter. He did not wish to be identified due to protocol reasons.
Last year, the commission had agreed for the annual plan of Rs 37,916 crore. This year, the state will put more thrust on the social sector, the bureaucrat said.