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Himachal proposed Rs. 22,800 crore for 12th Five Years Plan

Himachal Pradesh has proposed Rs. 22,800 crore for 12th Five Years Plan (2012-13 to 2016-17) and Annual Plan 2012-13 for Rs. 3700 crore. This was decided in Himachal Pradesh State Planning Board meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal.

Chief Minister said that the proposed outlay Rs. 22800 crore for 12th Five Years Plan was 65 percent more than the 11th Five Years Plan approved outlay of Rs. 13778 crore. He said that target of 9.5 percent growth rate had been envisaged for 12th Five Years Plan as compared to 9 percent fixed at the national level.

Prof. Dhumal said that proposed increase in 12th Five Years Plan was almost double from the last five years plan as it was fixed at Rs. 13778 crore in comparison to Rs. 10300 crore spent during 10th Five Years Plan period 2002-2007.

Chief Minister said that endeavours of his Government had remained to get maximum increase in the plan allocation which was evident also from the fact that his Government during last tenure got Five Years Plan of Rs. 10300 crore approved for the period 2002-07 which was 70 percent more than the 9th Five Years Plan 1997-2002 approved during Congress regime.

Prof. Dhumal said that endeavours of the Government would be to ensure utilization of plan funds fully besides getting maximum assistance under Normal Central Assistance, Additional Central Assistance and also externally funding under various projects.

He referred to injustice done by the 13th Finance Commission which had not considered the liabilities of the State on account of revision of pay scales, pension and had underestimated such type of committed liabilities of the State. Moreover 13th Finance Commission has increased the grant of almost all States by 126 percent whereas in respect of Himachal Pradesh it has been increased by 50 percent in comparison to grant given by the 12th Finance Commission. Had Himachal Pradesh been given grant as provided to other States then State would have got Rs. 10725 crore additional grant for the period 2010-2015.

Prof. Dhumal said that he has requested the Prime Minister of India to provide special plan assistance of Rs. 5214 crore which include Rs. 2500 crore on account of special plan assistance and Rs. 2714 crore under estimated committed liabilities of the State.

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