Includes additional Central assistance of Rs.80 crore for priority projects
NEW DELHI: Haryana's annual Plan for 2007-08 was finalised at Rs.5,300 crore at a meeting here on Friday between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The outlay includes a one-time additional Central assistance of Rs.80 crore for priority projects of the State.
Initiating the discussion, Dr. Ahluwalia hailed the State Government for its fiscal performance, especially in terms of expenditure realisation and revenue growth. The State, he said, had set an example for others in development and private participation. In the last two years, while the Plan expenditure went up, the per capita income in the State also showed consistent improvement.
Besides, initiatives taken by the State Government such as introduction of the VAT regime, he said, had also led to growth in revenue. The State, Dr. Ahluwalia added, should accord priority to further improvement of the rural and urban infrastructure so as to provide a strong base for development of productive sectors such as agriculture, horticulture, industry and tourism. Improvement in access to basic facilities would not only benefit the people below poverty line (BPL) but also act as catalyst for accelerating the growth process itself.
The Commission members also drew attention to the growing demand for water and electricity in the National Capital Region (NCR) and said the issue was to be taken up with the concerned States: "Joint efforts should be made to meet the requirements for the region, with focused attention on accelerating development and improving the civic amenities in the State's Mewat district."
Briefing the Commission, the Chief Minister said the development strategy was aimed at ensuring more inclusive growth and further improvement in the State's infrastructure so that the climate created for greater investment was further strengthened. He said a large number of projects were being taken up in public-private partnership mode.
Rural infrastructure, he said, was being improved and a sum of Rs.350 crore would be spent next fiscal through the Marketing Board and Rural Development Fund.
The power transmission system was also being developed at a cost of Rs.2,280 crore. For Mewat, a drinking water project was under implementation at a cost of Rs.425 crore.
Mr. Hooda sought introduction of Metro rail in NCR towns such as Faridabad, Bahadurgarh, Sonipat and Kundli on the pattern of Phase-II of DMRC's project in Delhi.
On agriculture, he said the State was pursuing crop diversification so compensation to farmers would be required. Among other new initiatives were the mega-petrochemical hub near Panipat and development of four new model industrial townships.
On the strategy for the Eleventh Plan, the Chief Minister said top priority would be given to expansion and improvement of social services. Over 46 per cent of the Plan outlay would be earmarked for this sector.