Rajasthan seeks additional fund for rural schemes

Special Correspondent

‘The State has spent 70 per cent of its Plan targets till December’

‘There has been a significant progress in the implementation of Central schemes’

‘Tourism and handicraft industries have been adversely affected by the recession’

JAIPUR: Rajasthan has requested the Centre to allocate an additional Rs.600 crore to the State for implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, in which the State has already achieved a leading position.

State Chief Secretary D.C. Samant pointed out at a consultative meeting in New Delhi over the week-end that Rs.4,100 crore had been spent on NREGS till December 2008, while the expenditure by the end of this financial year was expected to touch Rs.5,700 crore.

The meeting convened at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi to discuss the measures for executing the Union Government’s economic initiatives was presided over by the Cabinet Secretary.

Mr. Samant said Rajasthan had spent 70 per cent of its Plan targets till December and would achieve all the targets allocated under various schemes on time.

Similarly, there has been a significant progress in the implementation of the Central and Centrally sponsored schemes.

The Chief Secretary affirmed that the State needed additional funds, besides the incentive packages, for achieving better results of schemes.

While pointing out that the tourism and handicraft industries of the State had been adversely affected by the global recession, Mr. Samant sought a special Central package for supporting these sectors.

He also asked for allotment of coal blocks for new thermal power projects of the State.

According to an official release here, the Union Government agreed in principle during the discussions in the meeting to allocate additional funds for water supply schemes in the State and sanctioned Rs.2,300 crore for small, medium and large irrigation projects.

State Principal Water Resources Secretary Ram Lubhaya, Planning Secretary Yaduvendra Mathur and Principal Resident Commissioner P.K. Anand also attended the meeting.

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