The Planning Commission today approved Manipur’s Rs. 3,210 crore plan for 2011-12 financial year.
The annual plan of the State was approved here after a meeting of Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, an official statement said on Monday.
Mr. Ahluwalia appreciated the efforts of the State government in expediting pace of development and also exploring all possibilities of public-private partnership in social and physical infrastructure development.
He advised the State government to develop a roadmap for the use of science and technology in expediting development.
Mr. Ahluwalia asked the State to come out with its experience so that the next Plan (12th Five-Year Plan) has ability to deliver better.
The Commission is in the process of working out draft approach paper for the 12th Plan (2012-17). The panel is working to bring out an approach which is not only different from earlier plans but also has inbuilt mechanisms to plug all shortcoming of the development programme.
The Chief Minister requested for a substantial increase in the normal-plan funding to enable the State in improving basic infrastructure and provide for both backlog share and current state share for centrally-sponsored schemes.
He said that for addressing the problem of unemployment amongst youth, skill development and capacity building programme need to be expanded.
He also sought special plan assistance for taking up works related to roads and bridges, flood control and anti-erosion scheme, up-gradation of infrastructure in higher secondary school and colleges an improving transmission and distribution in power sector and drinking water supply.