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Rs 9120-crore plan size okayed

THE PLANNING Commission of India has approved Rs 9120 crore annual plan outlay for Madhya Pradesh, which is 21 percent more than the current plan size. The hike works out to Rs 1649 crore against the current plan of Rs 7471 crore.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 15:20 IST

THE PLANNING Commission of India has approved Rs 9120 crore annual plan outlay for Madhya Pradesh, which is 21 percent more than the current plan size. The hike works out to Rs 1649 crore against the current plan of Rs 7471 crore.

Interestingly, the State Government had presented a plan of Rs 8950 crore but the Planning Commission gave consent for further increase in the size.

The plan was approved following several rounds of meetings of MP officers with the Planning Commission deputy chairman Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia and the Member- Secretary Amar Singh.

The State is all set to get a one time Central financial assistance of Rs 80 crore. This amount would be utilised in connecting roads of tourist destination, for construction of hospital buildings in the newly established districts, for upgrading Medical College of Jabalpur and for establishing a memorial for the victims of Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

Besides, additional financial assistance of Rs 100 crore is also likely for implementing Backward Regions Growth Funds in seven other districts of the State.

Claiming that it was for the first time that the allocation to Madhya Pradesh had registered an increase, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan attributed it to the performance of the State, its fiscal discipline, decline in fiscal deficit, all of which had been appreciated by the Planning Commission.

The State’s efforts to develop its infrastructure too had been appreciated, he said while talking to reporters in New Delhi. Chauhan said the State would come up as a developing State from the hitherto nicknamed “Bimaru state” (sick state) in the next three years by laying stress on the development of infrastructure like power, water, roads as also education.

Replying to a question, he said the issue of completion of the existing power projects and new power projects figured in discussion with Ahluwalia. To a question that the State Government was claiming credit for the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme work started

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 15:20 IST