Rs 3000 Cr annual plan for Himachal approved – Dhumal
Shimla: A meeting between chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman planning commission at Delhi today firmed up the 2010-11 annual plan for Himachal at Rs 3000 crore.
The plan size has been increased by 11 percent over last year’s plan of Rs 2700, providing additional Rs 300 crore for the new plan.
Dhumal, who had rushed to Delhi after having rescheduled business at the ongoing budget session of the state assembly by postponing the budget presentation from 9th to 12th March said, with an allocation of Rs 1010.79 crore for social services which constitutes 33.69 % of the plan size, the sector has been accorded top priority.
Next priority has been marked for transport and communication which has been allocated Rs 588.93 crore and makes up for 19.63 % of the plan size, he said. This has been followed by energy sector for which Rs 354.37 (11.81%) has been put aside.
Allocation for others sectors was Rs 342.84 crore for agriculture and allied services, Rs310.48 crore for irrigation and flood control, Rs 168.66 crore for rural development, Rs 93.45 crore for economic services, Rs 70.24 crore for general services, Rs 27.27 crore for industry and mineral, Rs 20 crore for science technology and environment and Rs 12.97 crore for special area programs.
Of the total plan, am outlay Rs 1925 was for the general plan. Rs 742 crore for scheduled caste sub-plan, Rs 270 crore for tribal sub-plan and Rs 63 crore for backward area sub-plan.
The chief minister also disclosed that hydropower project with a generation potential of 600 MW are to be commissioned in next financial year.
Speaking about the power sector, Dhumal said that the government had completed allocation of over 95% of its total hydel power potential to various agencies.
An allocation of 9088MW (39.5%) had been done to the central sectors PSUs which included SJVNL whereas another 10,000 MW (43.5%) would be harnessed by private sector and the remaining 3800 MW (17%) will be exploited by state sector said Dhumal.
The government had decided to provide a loan of rupees Rs 190 crore and an equity contribution of Rs 100 crore to Himachal Pradesh Power Corporations for the execution of 4 projects that are being assisted by Asian Development Bank which include the Sawra Kuddu, Renuka Dam, Integrated Kashang and Sainj projects, he said.
While additional 2600 MW generation capacity is expected to be added during the current 11th Plan, the target for 12th Plan is to harness 7500 MW.
Expressing disappointment with the 13th Finance Commissions recommendations, the chief minister said that it has proved to be highly disfavourable for the state government.
“Whereas total devolutions recommended by the 13th Finance Commission to all states in the country over the next five years constitute and increase of 126% over the total transfers recommended by the 12th Finance Commission during the 2005-10 period but in case of Himachal Pradesh the increase in total transfers comes out to just 50 percent, which is lowest increase percentage wise among all states in the country,” said Dhumal.