Friday, 20 July 2012

Uttar Pradesh Plan for 2012-13 Finalized

The Annual Plan for the year 2012-13 for the state of Uttar Pradesh was finalised here today at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav. The plan size has been agreed at Rs 57,800crore including special assistance for Kumbh. 

In his comments Mr Ahluwalia said that performance of the State is very important and will have major impact on the outcome in the 12th Plan. On the plan performance of the State, he complemented the State Government for restoring economic activity and focusing on the development of social and physical infrastructure. He said the State needs to further encourage private participation by creating an atmosphere conducive to investment. Education& Health should be given priority while working out development strategy. 

He said the Planning Commission is keen to provide flexibility to the States in the implementation of the centrally sponsored schemes. It is the opinion that flexibility is necessary to improve effectiveness of the central programmes. He requested the State Governments to share their experience in the implementation of centrally sponsored schemes with the Planning Commission so that unwanted bottleneck can be taken care of while formulating the next plan. He said States should introduce mechanism for periodic monitoring of the social sector programmes to improve pace of implementation. 

The State Government was appreciated for the reforms being taken up and it was pointed out that the State like Utter Pradesh can take lead in this direction and encourages others to follow. An effort to bring in substantial revision in electricity tariff was appreciated. The State Government was advised to resort to optimum utilization of limited water resources while planning for five per cent growth in agriculture. As part of policy to encourage growth in manufacturing, the State should focus on skill upgradation. 

Attention was drawn to the under performance in health sector where in Infant mortality rate has come down to 61 only against the Plan target of 35. It was pointed out that the even literacy rate is below national average. In line with the priority of planning Commission during 12th Plan, the State should also focus on education and health sectors. 

The Chief Minister said that the State share in national GDP has declined from 8.8% in 2004-05 to 8.0% in 2011-12. The reduction in poverty is 3.2% between 2004-05 and 2009-10, but there is increase in absolute numbers. Also number of urban poor has increased. He said the contribution of agriculture in GSDP is only 25.1% whereas 62% population dependant on agriculture. 

He said the State has set a goal of 10 per cent growth rate in the terminal Year of Twelfth Plan along with creation of additional employment generation opportunities to 8.3 million persons. It will also target a 5 per cent growth in Agriculture and 10 per cent + growth in Dairy, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Horticulture sectors. 

Mr. Yadav said, to achieve the targeted growth of 10% in the terminal year an investment of Rs.16.70 lakh crore will be required, out of which Rs.4.86 lakh crore will be in Public Sector and Rs.11.84 lakh crore in private sector. 

He said new industrial and agriculture policy is being worked out and would be announced shortly. Policy measures are being taken to create investor friendly environment while maintaining protecting inclusiveness of the development initiative. He said while tax revenue has shown a good growth and infact has doubled in the last five years, the per capita income of the State was only half of the national average. 

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