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Annual Plan fixed at Rs. 6,307 cr.

NEW DELHI MAY 29. The 2002-03 Annual Plan of West Bengal has been finalised at Rs 6,307 crores while the Tenth Plan outlay for the State has been fixed at Rs 28,641 crores. These decisions were taken today at a meeting here between the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, K. C. Pant, and the West Bengal Planning Minister, Nirupam Sen.

While appreciating some of the achievements of West Bengal on many socio-economic fronts, Mr Pant, pointed to the sharp deterioration in the State's own funds and shortfall in the realisation of Central assistance. A reference was also made to the frequent downward revision of the Annual Plans.

Briefing the Commission about the performance of the State during the Ninth Plan period, the West Bengal Finance Minister, Asim Dasgupta, said his Government was not opposed to reforms though it had a different view on the approach. The reforms should have social objectives with due emphasis on employment generation. The State Government was following an economic strategy with definite objective of employment generation and the plan was to generate an additional seven lakh employment opportunities every year during the Tenth Plan period.

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