Parrikar gets historic 42% rise in plan outlay

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 11 July 2012 22:46 IST

CM Parriakr with Planning Commission Dy Chairman Ahluwalia

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has succeeded in getting highest ever plan size of Rs 4700 crore, almost 42 per cent more, at the meeting with Planning Commission today.

His predecessor and Congress chief minister Digambar Kamat had managed to get 22.51 per cent rise. It was Rs 3320 crore.

Parrikar managed to convince planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, who termed him as the ‘hard task master’.

At current prices, the government is expected to get a total amount of Rs 30,000 crore during the five years.

It would thus help Parrikar to take ahead his manifesto assurances, which also got reflected in the budget.

During the discussion, the chief minister said he plans to concentrate on agriculture and economic health of the State, just not tourism.  

He was also confident in achieving six per cent growth in agriculture, especially by concentrating in the economically backward talukas of Sanguem, Quepem, Canacona and Bicholim.

He also emphasized on all his initiatives in last four months and informed the Planning Commission the issues & concerns before his government.

According to official press communiqué in this regard, the Planning Commission was much impressed with the vision of creating Goa as a Model State and the government’s plans to create an Educational Hub, infrastructural development, introduction smart classes, distribution of tablet PCs and laptops and various social sector initiatives such as Laadli Laxmi Scheme, strengthening of DSS scheme, inflation allowance etc.

The delegation comprised Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastav, Principal Secretaries B Vijayan, Parimal Rai, R K Verma, Additional Secretary (Budget) Anand Sherkhane and Joint Director of Planning Vijay Saxena. 


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