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State plan fixed at Rs 1810 crore
DIMAPUR, MAY 18 (NPN):
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Published on 19 May. 2011 12:45 AM IST
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Representing a growth of 20% over last year’s Plan Outlay of Rs. 1500 crore, Nagaland’s State Annual Plan Outlay for 2011-12 has been fixed at Rs. 1810 crore. This was revealed in a communiqué faxed here by state chief secretary Lalthara from New Delhi Wednesday.
Lalthara stated that Nagaland’s Plan Outlay was decided Wednesday during a meeting between deputy chairman Planning Commission of India, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and state chief minister Neiphiu Rio.
Addressing the meeting of the members and officials of Planning Commission and the state delegation led by the chief minister, deputy chairman Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia congratulated Rio and his team for many positive and encouraging developments in the area of peace and economic development taking place under various sectors in the state. He expressed the hope that the Plan Outlay of Rs. 1810 crore would be judiciously utilized to further strengthen the peace process and the economic and social developments taking place in the State.
In his comments on the plan performance of the State, the deputy chairman Planning Commission Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia noted that Nagaland was making appreciable efforts to improve growth and focus on agriculture with the objective of achieving self sufficiency in food.
He said the State needed to improve on industry sector and efforts needed to be made to encourage private partnership for economic growth. Ahluwalia also pointed out that infrastructure gaps could be bridged much faster with investor friendly approach. He said private sector should be involved in exploiting power generation potential. The other points which he stressed was for sustainable use of ground water resources and suggestion for more emphasis on empowerment of women.
Ahluwalia said, as part of the exercise aimed at further involving States in evolving approach for the 12th plan, the Commission was shortly holding consultations with the States.
He also said that the Planning Commission of India would welcome suggestions from the State Governments on improving efficiency of the flagship programmes.
A plan for infrastructure development in North East would be put on firm track in the 12th plan, he added.
Lalthara said that the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio, in his speech, highlighted the improvements in the law and order situation in the state and the drastic reduction in the level of violence and killings during the last two years, including the significant improvements in various developmental fronts.
Rio also highlighted several development needs of the state, especially in the area of infrastructure, which he said, needed to be addressed by the central government, as they cannot be accommodated within the State Plan resources.
Rio said the State GSDP has shown an impressive absolute growth averaging 13.6 per cent in the first four years of the 11th Plan. Even per capita income has grown from Rs 40,702 in2007-08 to Rs 59,684 in 2010-11. The growth in agriculture and allied sector was 5.3 per cent during four years of ongoing plan.
He said improved response of both domestic and international tourists has encouraged the State Government to create necessary infrastructure. He said State is poised to become a major tourist destination. He said, sharply declining trends of insurgency related killings was indicative of peace and tranquility returning to the State and this would further catalyze tourism.
Rio also highlighted the infrastructural needs of the state, which include-- foothill road from Dimapur to Tizit, construction of highways along the Indo-Myanmar border, national highway from Tuensang to Tizit via Tobu and Mon, Cheithu airport and other smaller landing strips at various strategic locations, revival of Tuli Paper Mill, multi-disciplinary Sports Complex at Dimapur, Medical College and Indian Institute of Information and Technology etc.
The chief minister was assisted in the meeting by planning minister T.R. Zeliang, deputy chairman State Planning Board Neiba Kronu, chief secretary Lalthara, ACS & development commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir, ACS & finance commissioner Toshi Aier and other officials of Planning & Finance Departments. (With PIB inputs)

 
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