Kerala Annual Plan 2011-12 finalized
The Annual Plan outlay for Kerala for the year 2011-12 has been approved at a meeting between the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Kerala Oomen Chandy. The Annual Plan size was agreed at Rs12,010 crore.
In his opening remarks, Mr Ahluwalia complimented the State Government for leading in Human development index including health and education sectors. He said that new initiatives are needed to create investor friendly environment and improve both social and physical infrastructure.
Ahluwalia said as part of exercise aimed at further involving States in evolving approach for the 12th plan period; the Commission has taken views of all stake holders including States and civil society. He said the Commission would be willing to help in working out a development plan which would make development more inclusive. He also recommended that setting up of an empowered committee on Externally Aided Projects would facilitate early approval.
Ahluwalia said the Commission will also give priority to cluster approach in the 12th Plan and thus would welcome initiatives in this direction. The State was advised to have a fresh look at the industrial policy to create investor friendly environment. Attention was drawn to the long overdue reforms in the power sector. Approach in skill development was appreciated.