The Annual Plan for Sikkim for 2011-12 was on Wednesday finalised at Rs.1,400 crore at a meeting here between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and State Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
Mr. Ahluwalia described Sikkim's performance as “quite satisfactory” and said appreciable efforts were being made to improve horticulture and production of ginger. Alongside, efforts were on to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and the State was likely to have an airport and a rail link in a couple of years as work on both projects was progressing well. He pointed out that continued focus on physical and social infrastructure development together with urbanisation would catalyse tourism and other income-generating activities in Sikkim.
Lauding the government's initiatives in making Sikkim the country's first organic and green State, he said priorities in the sector should be worked out accordingly.
Sikkim, Mr. Ahluwalia added, should embark on a path of sustainable economic development by concentrating on its abundant natural resources. The main thrust areas should include tourism, horticulture and floriculture, human resource development and hydel power generation as these would not only generate revenue but also create employment opportunities.
Briefing the Commission, Chief Minister Chamling said his government's Plan thrust was on inclusion of the United Progressive Alliance's Common Minimum Programme and various other flagship programmes with emphasis on human development.
The Sikkim Government had adopted a policy decision to embark on a path of sustainable economic development and self-reliance with focus on promotion and development of ecologically and environmentally friendly tourism and horticulture and floriculture, he added.