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PLAN Panel MEET: Lt. Governor Mukut Mithi addressing the Puducherry Planning Board meeting on Monday. Chief Minister N. Rangasamy is in the picture.
PLAN Panel MEET: Lt. Governor Mukut Mithi addressing the Puducherry Planning Board meeting on Monday. Chief Minister N. Rangasamy is in the picture.

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“Aid only for deserving BPL families to ensure better utilisation of funds”

Puducherry: Lt Governor of Puducherry Mukut Mithi has emphasised that funding for schemes should be reviewed and only deserving cases of the ‘below poverty level’ families should be assisted so that there would be better utilisation of funds.

Addressing a meeting of the Planning Board of Puducherry here on Monday, Mr. Mithi said there was a need for scientific planning and it should be outcome oriented.

An official communication of the Planning and Research Department issued at the end of the meeting said that regional imbalances, if any, should be corrected at the stage of formulation of the schemes and wherever possible user charges might be introduced to enhance the tax base.

Subsidies

The Lt Governor pointed out universal subsidies might not be a desirable proposition in view of higher per capita income and low level of poverty in the Union Territory. He said wherever huge investment became necessary particularly in infrastructure sector there could be adoption of ‘public private participation.’

In the light of the introduction of Value Added Tax in Puducherry and decline in small savings collection there was an urgent need to assess the resources to fund the plan programmes here.

It was the first meeting of the Planning Board for the current fiscal (2007-2008) held to enlist the suggestions of the participants for formulation of the 2008-2009 annual plan.

Evaluation

The release said the participants made a critical view of implementation of various plan schemes during the Tenth Plan (2002-2007) and wanted evaluation of the performance and impact of schemes.

There was also a suggestion that steps should be taken for the ‘shelf of projects’ in consultation with the experts to get adequate funds under Centrally sponsored schemes such as Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban and Rural Mission and Bharat Nirman scheme.

Funds for IT park

There was also a suggestion that the Centre be approached for additional allocation of funds under the Centrally sponsored schemes for development of IT park and modernisation of polytechnics for skill development to meet the requirements of industrial units likely to be set up in Special Economic Zone. There should be more emphasis on tourism, fisheries and informatin technology related industries for creation of more job opportunities.

It was informed that a detailed plan proposal would be prepared accommodating the suggestions made at the Board meeting.

Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, Education Minister M O H F Shahjahan, Local Administration Minister Malladi Krishna Rao and Welfare Minister M Kandasamy, MPs and other officials took part.


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