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Uttarakhand Annual Plan finalized at Rs7800 crore

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The Annual Plan outlay for Uttarakhand for the year 2011-12 has been finalized at Rs7800 crore at a meeting between the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Uttaranchal Ramesh Pokhriyal.
Ahluwalia complimented the State Government for maintaining steady growth and performance in some important sectors. He said that the State should continue efforts to create enabling environment for public/private partnership in development of infrastructure.
He said development strategy in line with strengths and weaknesses of the area would help in accelerating growth and making it more inclusive.

Ahluwalia said that the Planning Commission was reviewing the performance of Centrally sponsored schemes in the backdrop of preparations for the Twelfth Plan and would expect States to bring their experience to the attention of Commission so that better results can be ensured in the future plans from these social sector schemes.
The State Government was assured that the Commission would take up its request for expansion of Railway network and construction of airstrips with the concerned authorities after detail proposals are received. The Commission noticed with concern slowing down of hydro-power generation programmes in the State and pointed out that efforts should be made to take it forward without compromising on other aspects.
The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pokhriyal said that the thrust areas of plan would include development of physical infrastructure, agriculture diversification in hills, enhancing livelihood options, greater emphasis on water conservations and mainstreaming PPS in both physical and social infrastructure.
Special package for abridging critical gaps in infrastructure were also requested. He also sought special assistance for restoration of infrastructure damaged by disaster as also for rehabilitation of villages rendered unsuitable for human habitation.

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