Chattisgarh gets Rs 9.6k cr for 2008-09

Written by Economy Bureau | New Delhi, Mar 28 | Updated: Mar 30 2008, 04:23am hrs
The Planning Commission on Friday allocated an annual plan size of Rs 9,600 crore for Chhattisgarh for the year 2008-09.

This includes additional Central assistance of Rs50 crores for establishing and strengthening of infrastructure for collection and marketing of minor forest produce.

Commenting on the performance of the state, deputy chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia said the state had good growth rate and performance in terms of Panchayati Raj, rural development and the performance of public distribution system was satisfactory.

He also complimented the state for its performance during the 10th Plan and pointed out that both growth rate and per capita income were growing satisfactorily. However, efforts should continue to make growth more inclusive. Income supporting schemes specially in tribal areas should be encouraged, Ahluwalia added.

The Planning Commission also asked Chhattisgarh to have more detailed district level planning to ensure that the desired benefits reached all sections of the population.

Focused attention was also needed to improve agricultural productivity and institutional delivery system also needs further strengthening, Planning Commission observed.

Briefing the Commission about plan achievements and future strategy, Raman Singh, chief minister of Chhattisgarh said that the state has been listed among better fiscal performer by the Reserve Bank of India. Positive balance of current revenue has been maintained since inception.

Broad objective of Plan for the next year would constitute inclusive growth, achievement of millennium development goals and up-gradation of infrastructure, Singh said.

Substantial increase would be made in allocation for agriculture & allied sector along with increased emphasis on non-farm income, Raman Singh said to the Planning Commission.