KERALA

CMP priorities to feature in State Plan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCT. 11. The State Government has instructed all its departments not to neglect the priorities listed in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) drawn up by the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre and the Left parties supporting it from outside, while drawing up their annual Plans for 2005-06.

In a circular sent to all the departments, the Government advised them to do a `rapid mid-term assessment' of the current realities and use the information gathered thus for changing priorities, if required. The departments could suggest dropping schemes originally included in the 10th Five Year Plan, modify existing schemes, or introduce new schemes. But, all these should be justified by the `rapid mid-term assessment'.

Priority areas

According to the circular, the priority areas for the annual plan 2005-06 should be:

Improving production and productivity, tapping opportunities for value addition and increasing income in agriculture and allied sectors.

Rehabilitating traditional industries by upgrading technology, building capacity, providing common facilities and going in for the cluster approach for marketing the products.

Toning up service delivery, particularly in Health, Education, Social Welfare and Development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Completing schemes that would start benefiting the people in 2005-06 itself.

Ensuring full utilisation of Central schemes by getting clearance and approval from the Centre and making adequate allocation towards State's contribution.

The circular also asked the departments to drop schemes that were redundant or too insignificant impact-wise. The departments also should avoid schemes relating to the functions transferred to local self-governments.

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