By Y S Rana ,Chandigarh, February 25- The Planning Commission today approved an Annual Plan Outlay of Rs. 20358 crore for Haryana for Financial Year 2011-12. This represents an increase of 11.49 per cent over last year’s approved Outlay of Rs. 18260 crore. The Plan size was finalized in the meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda at New Dehli today. Haryana’s Finance & Planning Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, Chief Secretary Mrs Urvashi Gulati, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr Chhatar Singh, Principal Secretary, Finance & Planning Mr Ajit M.Sharan and other senior officers of the State Government also participated in the meeting.
The Outlay of Rs. 20358 crore includes provision of Rs. 7158 crore to be met by the State Public Sector Enterprises (SPSEs) and Local Bodies. Rs. 6108 crore will be met by SPSEs and Rs. 1050 crore by Local Bodies out of their own resources. Excluding this the State’s Net Outlay for 2011-12 comes to Rs. 13200 crore.
Highest priority has been given to Social Services, for which an Outlay of Rs. 6676.52 crore ( 50.58 per cent) has been kept, out of the State’s Net Plan Outlay of Rs. 13200 crore. An amount of Rs. 1810 crore has been kept for Social Welfare, mainly for pensions to the old handicapped, widows and destitutes. Rs. 2070 crore have been earmarked for education including technical and vocational education. Rupees 498.31 crore have been kept for health services and medical education. A sum of Rs. 770 crore has been allocated for drinking water supply and sewerage schemes. An amount of Rs. 1118.50 crore has been alloted for housing and urban development.
Second Highest priority has been given to improvement of basic infrastructure of irrigation, power, roads and road transport by earmarking an amount of Rs. 4377.65 crore, which is 33.16 per cent of the Net Plan Outlay. Out of this Outlay, Rs. 790 crore have been earmarked for Irrigation sector, Rs. 1636.80 crore for Power sector, Rs. 1425.85 crore for Roads and Road Transport and Rs. 500 crore for Special Economic Stimulus Package.
An Outlay of Rs. 1730.75 crore has been kapt for Agriculture and allied activities and Rural Development. An allocation of Rs. 30 crore has been made for the special development of the two most backward areas of Mewat and Shivalik.
An allocation of Rs. 2570.89 crore, which represents 19.48 per cent of the State’s Net Plan Outlay has been kept for Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan (SCSP) against the proportionate population of SCs i.e. 19.35 per cent in the State.
The Chief Minister stated that the State Government in the past two years has further consolidated its development efforts on all fronts. The Government seeks not only to accelerate the pace of development, but also to retain the focus on inclusive growth. It is a matter of satisfaction that the Government has not only achieved the plan targets, but also exceeded them.
The Plan panel appreciated the State Government’s efforts for development of the State. Mr Ahluwalia commended Haryana’s efforts to not let resource constraints come in the way of development through imaginative use of Public Private Partnership in major projects.
On the State’s fiscal management, Mr Hooda said that our fiscal management is reckoned as among the best in the country. The Gross State Domestic Product is expected to grow at 9 per cent at constant (2004-05) prices in 2010-11. The revenue receipts increased by 18 per cent in 2009-10 over previous years. VAT+CST receipts increased by 28.1 per cent over previous year. Fiscal deficit reduced from 5.13 per cent of GSDP in 1998-99 to 3.59 per cent in 2010-11.
The Chief Minister requested the Planning Commission for providing Central Assistance under various projects like, development of existing water bodies, strengthening of research facilities in HAU, development of infrastructure in Anganwadis, investment in Police Housing in NCR, construction/equipment in Hospitals in NCR, Kaushal Vikas Yojana, construction of toilets for girls in schools, implementation of RTE/SSA (Right to Education/Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan), treatment of water flowing into Gurgaon canal and setting up of three Medical Colleges in district of Mewat, Sonipat and Karnal