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“Be realistic in fixing outlay for next fiscal”

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Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh at the State Planning Board meeting in Puducherry on Monday.— Photo:T.Singaravelou
Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh at the State Planning Board meeting in Puducherry on Monday.— Photo:T.Singaravelou

Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh on Monday urged the government to be “realistic” in fixing the Plan outlay for the next financial year.

A brief note issued to the press by Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor Uddipta Ray, said, “His Excellency, drawing the attention of the Members of Planning Board to the Plan size fixed at Rs 3961 crore, gave a comparative picture of the previous year's outlay and the proposed outlay.”

While appreciating the increase in outlay with respect to Health, Education, Renewable Energy, Tourism etc. as they are the engines of development, he said the “phenomenal increase in the outlay of certain other sectors should be revisited,” the note said.

“His Excellency, however, sounded a note of caution that the outlay should be realistic and in consonance with the resources that the Union Territory can mobilise,” the note said.

Pointing out that the nation was about to enter the 12th Five Year Plan, he said the formulation of the draft annual plan for the next financial year should “spell out the vision and mission statement.” This should be within the realms of possibility of achievement for bringing in true development and to achieve this, planners should try to evolve innovative methods, the note said, quoting the Lieutenant Governor.

Urging the government to give importance to the growth of primary and secondary sector, he said money raised through market borrowings should be utilised for productive purpose so as to increase the Gross Domestic Product of the Union Territory. He also urged the government to develop infrastructure by adopting Public Private Partnership mode, the note said.

Highly placed sources in the government told The Hindu that the State Planning Board, which met here to formulate the draft annual plan for 2012-13, had not taken a final decision on the outlay fixed by the department at Rs. 3,961 crore .

Others who attended the meeting included Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, Agriculture Minister M. Chandrakasu, Social Welfare Minister P. Rajavelu, Electricity Minister T. Thiagarajan, Local Administration Minister N.G. Pannierselvam, Opposition leader V. Vaithilingam, Rajya Sabha Member P. Kannan, Former Home Minister E. Valsaraj, Chief Secretary M. Sathiyavathy and other senior Government officials.

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