Plan panel finalises West Bengals annual plan outlay at Rs.30,314 cr

Written by feBureau | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 10 2013, 07:37am hrs
An annual plan size of R30,314 crore for West Bengal was finalised by the Planning Commission on Tuesday but not before some drama outside Yojana Bhawan.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her finance minister Amit Mitra were heckled by Students Federation of India activists, who were protesting the death of their member in Kolkata in police custody last week. While Banerjee managed to walk through the angry crowd, Mitra was heckled. The protesters tore off his kurta.

A fuming West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who was to meet deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia to finalise the annual plan for the state, described the protest as "dirty politics".

Banerjee, who was advised by police not to get down from her car and drive inside, however, chose to walk through the slogan-shouting and placard-wielding crowd into the building. Later, addressing the media, she said "They had an iron rod, tried to hit me with it. They can kill me but they cannot stop me."

Alhuwalia, however, apologised to Banerjee for the incident. Later, while discussing the annual plan of West Bengal, Ahluwalia appreciated state's performance and pointed out that utilization of central funds for flagship schemes has been good.

A growth rate of 7.6% has been achieved, which is better than the national average. Internal revenue growth is also satisfactory.

The GSDP growth rate increased from 6.29% in 2005-06 to 7.67% in 2012-13.

It was also significantly higher than the all India GSDP growth rate of 4.96% in 2012-13. The per capita Net State Domestic Product (NSDP) increased from R 22,649 in 2004-05 to R 36,505 in the year 2012-13.

Ahluwalia said the Planning Commission will shortly move for a cabinet approval of its proposal to introduce flexibility in the implementation of flagship programmes.

Banerjee briefed the commission on plan performance. She said agriculture and allied sector growth in 2012-13 is 2.56% against national growth of 1.79 % during the same period. Industrial growth is 6.24 % against nations growth of 3.12%. She said even revenue growth of 30% has been achieved with reforms introduced in tax administration.