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Rs. 5700 crore Annual Plan proposed for 2017-18
V K Sharma | 31 Jan 2017

Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said the State Annual Plan of Rs. 5700 crore had been proposed for the State for financial year 2017-18 with an increase of Rs. 500 crore over present fiscal, amounting to 9.61 percent, which is more than the State's growth rate of 7.7 percent.

Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said the State Annual Plan of    Rs. 5700 crore had been proposed for the State for financial year 2017-18 with an increase of Rs. 500 crore over present fiscal, amounting to   9.61 percent, which is more than the State's growth rate of 7.7 percent.

He was presiding over the meetings of MLAs of Solan, Shimla and Sirmaur districts here today for the finalization of priorities for 2017-18 budget.

He said that Detailed Project Reports (DPR's) amounting to Rs. 470 crore had been got sanctioned through NABARD for meeting out the MLA's priorities, adding that DPR's of around Rs. 1100 crore were ready and forwarded to NABARD for sanction.

The Chief Minster said that he was always available to the MLAs and ready for carrying out their priorities.

The Chief Minster said that it was necessary to conduct the social audit of the new schemes or those being implemented as it was important to learn about the pros and cons and the reasons of lagging behind, if any. It becomes easy to correct oneself at the very beginning rather than waste time in mending the mistakes afterwards.

He stressed for social audit of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Yojna being implemented in Shimla and Kullu, for Skill development schemes, for 'Mukhya Mantri Start-up Yojna' and many other schemes as well and directed to complete all the development projects in time bound manner.

He said that the endeavour of the State Government had always been to ensure a transparent, responsive and efficient administration for welfare of the people and the government was working with a Motto of 'Sarv Kalyan, Samagra Vikaas'.

 He said that Himachal Pradesh had progressed in every sphere, may it be education, Health, Roads etc and had been ranked first amongst Big States in field of education and overall inclusive development in a State of State Conclave at New Delhi, which has brought laurels to the State. This shows how committed the State Government was at every sphere of development.

More than 168 health institutions have been opened in the state, besides three medical colleges at Chamba, Hamirpur including the one at Nahan which have started functioning, he said. The government has taken over the ESIC Medical College at Ner Chowk in Mandi.

            He said that Rs. 500 crore, Skill Development Allowance Scheme was being implemented for skill development of unemployed youth. Under this scheme, as many as 1.52 lakh youth had so far been benefitted. In addition to this, Asian Development Bank aided Rs.640 crore, Skill Development Corporation had been set up with to provide training to the youth as per youths as per need and adaptability of Industrial houses.

            He said that the government had eased the process of setting up of new industries in the State so that more employment opportunities could be created and to accomplish this 'Mukhya Mantri Start-up Yojna' was being implemented. He said that a Skill Development Centre had also been set up at Baddi.  

            The Chief Minster directed for the pushing up the Forest clearance cases. He said that the Forest officials were part of the Government and it also becomes their responsibility to pursue the forest clearances for paving the way for development. He said that they should have a proactive approach.  

            He also directed to change the contractors who delay the projects and said that the Dharampur-Kasauli road needs to be widened and directed for preparation of DPR for the same. He also asked to purchase water pipes of different dimensions for routing water to households, anticipating the availability of connections to be provided. He said that the Government had reviewed as many as 228 major water supply schemes in the State and also sanctioned a sum of Rs 50 crore for their early completion, out of which Rs. 25 crore had already been released.  

             Shri Virbhadra Singh directed the departments to give utmost attention to the priorities of the MLAs. He also asked to hold routine joint meetings of officers of PWD, Forest and Revenue departments to ensure quick approval of road projects. He also directed for proper maintenance of old irrigation schemes and hand pumps and directed to change the old pumping motors with new ones in case they were demanding repeated repairs.

            IPH Minister, Smt. Vidya Stokes, Social Justice and Empowerment Minster, Dr. (Col), Dhani ram Shandil, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Shri Vinay Kumar, Shri Nand Lal and, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board Shri G.R. Musafir, Chief Secretary Shri V.C.Pharka, ACS (finance), Dr. Srikant Baldi,  and senior officers of the Government attended the meeting.