Special Correspondent

PANAJI: The Planning Commission on Thursday sanctioned an additional assistance of Rs. 40 crore to Goa for 2009-10 for hosting the National Games 2011 and Rs. 12 crore for launching projects of special importance to the State.

The Annual Plan of Goa for 2009-10 was approved in a meeting in New Delhi between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Goa Digambar Kamat. The Annual Plan size was agreed at Rs. 2,240 crore.

As compared to Rs. 1,737.65 crore for 2008-09 and Rs. 1,430.00 crore for 2007-08 this year’s plan size gives a rise of 29 per cent over 2008-09 and 56.64 per cent over 2007-08. Goa had sought a special one-time assistance from the Union Government in view of the tourism pressure on the resources of Goa to provide roads and other logistic infrastructure such as beach safety, burden of the sixth Pay Commission, the State Government’s intention to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Liberation from Portuguese Rule.

The Planning Commission has appreciated the “forward-looking outlook” of the State in providing its people with social security net, health-care services, initiatives on beach safety management, and extending support to art and culture.

He also emphasised the need for leveraging private sector participation in developing important infrastructure in the State.