Rather seeks Rs 68000 cr plan assistance

New Delhi, Dec 27: The J&K Finance Minister Abdur Rahim Rather Thursday sought Rs 68000-crore plan assistance from the Government of India, asserting that the State was facing “additional set of problems, unlike other states of the country.”
Speaking at the 57th National Development Council (NDC) meeting here on behalf of the Chief Minister, Rather said the State has been able to put in its best during the 11th Five Year Plan “despite facing additional

set of problems like militancy, disturbed law and order situation which deprived us from being a vigorous actor in the national economic growth for nearly two decades.”
“This is besides some inherent constraints like remoteness, high-transportation cost, difficult weather conditions, poor connectivity, lack of private investment and unemployment,” he said.
The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and attended by Union Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, S Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Chief Ministers of different States, Members of the NDC and concerned officers.
The J&K State was represented by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary Planning and Development BR Sharma and other concerned officers.
While urging the Centre to provide a plan size of about Rs 68000 crore, Rather said it was necessary to achieve the target of 8% average growth in the 12th Plan period.
Rather also sought grants to the tune of Rs. 800 crore for completing 1160 approved PMGSY schemes and liberal central funding for devolution of the resources to the Panchyats including payment of honorarium to the Panchs and Sarpanchs. He also sought central assistance for taking up comprehensive City Mobility Plan with an investment of over Rs. 30,000 crore during the 12th Five Year Plan.
Rather also said that “all steps need to be taken to pursue external dialogue process and initiating internal dialogue with diverse political opinion.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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