Planning Commission likely to announce JK’s annual plan on July 13

State Has Proposed Rs 7300 Cr Outlay For 2012-13



Srinagar, June 22: Planning Commission of India (PCI) is likely to approve and announce the annual plan (2012-13) for Jammu and Kashmir, when Chief Minister Omar Abdullah meets the Deputy Chairman of the Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia on July 13.
Official sources told Greater Kashmir that the Planning Commission has indicated the final meeting on the annual plan outlay may be held on July 13. “However, the official communiqué in this regard was still awaited”, they maintained.
However, another official in the state’s planning department said the dates were still tentative and the Presidential elections fixed for July 19 may tentatively delay the final meeting.
The Planning Commission is understood to have broadly endorsed the priorities and suggestions put forth by the JK Government for the outlay for the current financial year.
They said that projections put forth by the JK Government were discussed in recently held Working Group meetings with PCI officials in New Delhi. Wrap-up meeting between the Chief Secretary Madhav Lal and PCI member B K Chaturvedi also concluded on a positive note, sources said.
“Wrap-up meeting is all about suggestions and we have received some seven to eight suggestions from PCI. There is nothing much and the projections put forth by us have been broadly endorsed,” said a source, preferring not to be named.
“Our projection for this year is Rs 7300 crore as compared to Rs 6300 crore last year. It will be formally approved during the forthcoming meeting between the Chief Minister and the PCI Deputy Chairman,” he added.
The JK Government, according to the sources, in its plan outlay for year 2012-2013, which also happens to be the first year of the 12th five year, has laid emphasis on faster growth on sustainable basis, employment linkage and equitable distribution.
The annual plan, according to the sources, has identified many thrust areas which include taking skill development out of government domain and to be managed through a non governmental plan.
“It will involve building stake holders and non governmental partners. People who will undergo skill development will be provided a handholding support i.e. stipend will be provided to them when they will undergo training,” a source said.
“Government’s capacity to provide jobs is limited to overcome this deficiency a broad outlay has been prepared to outsource the services provided by the government. It will create more job opportunities for the unemployed youth.”
“The government has done a detailed planning about how many people are required in upcoming projects in JK in coming five years. We are talking to NHPC, Railways and others so that they can train our people and utilize their services,” said a source.
The plan outlay, sources said, has laid thrust on equitable distribution. “It includes balanced regional development. Time bound implementation of the recommendations of State Finance Commission and setting up of State Planning Board which was recently approved by the cabinet,” they added.
Sources said that plan outlay has emphasized on the need to converge the schemes of handicrafts and handloom with the centrally sponsored schemes.

A top officer while explaining the broad contours of the 12th five year plan said: “It focuses on developing infrastructure which means power sector. We are talking of 3000 MW to be generated over the five year plan period. Second is road network under PMGSY we are talking of connecting habitations of less than 250 population. Then comes the social sector, enhanced spending on health and education, setting up of colleges, university campuses and setting up of super-specialty hospitals. Crux is to set up these projects and make them functional. Third part will be environment conservation. Fourth is skill development i.e. people are trained and absorbed by corporates.”
He said the other thrust area of the 12th Five year plan is building on core competency. “We mean value addition in horticulture, agriculture, saffron mission and seed replacement. Value addition and diversification is the theme. Similarly in handicrafts and handloom sectors focus is on to contemporarize our traditional property and it can be done through precision in skills and technology,” the officer added.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 23 Jun 2012 00:00:00 IST

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