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State Annual Plan fixed at Rs 1,500 cr
Dimapur, Feb 10 (NPN):
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Published on 11 Feb. 2009 1:43 AM IST
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Nagaland’s Annual Plan for 2009-10 has been finalised at Rs 1,500 crore at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in New Delhi on Tuesday. The amount is Rs. 300 crore more than the current year’s outlay of Rs 1200 crore, an increase of 25%. However, if the Accelerated Power Development Programme (APDRP) component is excluded, the actual increase stands at 31%, stated a an official release issued by Additional Chief Secretary Lalthara. Lalthara said the APDRP was being taken out of the State Plan and will be implemented as Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) from next financial year onwards. The APDRP component of the Annual Plan for the year 2008-09 was Rs 60 crore. In his speech, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Ruo highlighted the progress and achievements made by the state government during the current and previous years in his power point presentation at the meeting. He also made a strong appeal for a Special Plan Assistance (SPA) of Rs 600 crore to take care of the ROP requirements for the state government employees. The Planning Commission Deputy Chairman assured Rio that the Planning Commission will take up the requirement of funds for the state’s ROP with the Union Finance Ministry in all seriousness. Ahluwalia also expressed hope that the fund may be granted either in the form of Additional Special Plan Assistance or Special Non-Plan Assistance after the central government passes the full budget for 2009-10. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Planning Minister TR Zeliang, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Neiba Kronu, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner, Finance Commissioner, Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister and other officials.

 
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