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Gujarat annual plan for 2010-11 finalised

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The Planning Commission has finalised the annual plan for Gujarat state at Rs30,000 crore for the year 2010-11. The plan was finalised at a meeting between the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi.

Ahluwalia said Gujarat’s performance in agriculture sector has been encouraging and its growth rate was much above the national average. He said in the first year of the Eleventh Plan Gujarat registered a growth of 12.8%. In terms of per capita income also the state was better than most others, he added.
He said there was lot of scope for public private partnership in the development of infrastructure. “Policy initiatives aimed at creating investment friendly environment need to be taken by the states so that in partnership with private sector the process of creating world class infrastructure in both physical and social sectors is expedited,” Ahluwalia said.
He drew attention to high T&D losses in the power sector in some areas and emphasised on the need to improve performance in social sector.
On development strategy, Ahluwalia said, the state needs to formulate a science and technology vision for the state with a definite road map for intervention in the developmental efforts which may also include specific action plan for capturing technological solutions. It can identify three important technological priorities and bring together the scientific agencies and stake holders for sustainable technology partnership, he added.

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