Himachal proposes Rs.4,100-crore plan for next fiscal

CM hold meeting with MLAs to fix priorities
Shimla/ Jan 23
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Wednesday said the state had proposed an annual plan of Rs.4,100 crore for next fiscal, which was 11 percent higher than the previous plan of Rs.3,700 crore.
Stating this while initiating discussions with legislators for finalising the priorities here, he said Rs.22,800 crore had been approved under the 12th Five Year Plan for the state which was 65 percent higher than the previous plan.
“The outlay for the 12th plan is the record increase and highest in the country,” chief minister said. Referring to the plan priorities, he said the government was committed for speedy and balanced development of the state.
Chief Minister said that present state government was committed for speedy and balanced development of the state and for this, election manifesto of Congress Party had been adopted as Policy Document of the State Government. All the departments had been directed to implement it in a letter and spirit, he added.
The chief minister said the government would adopt zero-tolerance against corruption and for speedy redressal of grievances the government would use information technology and e-governance.
He directed all the secretaries and Heads of the Departments to solve problems and grievances of the public representatives on priority and immediate action should be ensured on their suggestions.
MLAs from Kangra, Kullu, Una, Hamirpur and Lahaul and Spiti districts participated in the meeting.
Virbhadra Singh said that due to delimitation, the geographical area and names of many constituencies were changed considerably and in order implement sanctioned schemes and for the proper maintenance of records, state government had decided to maintain the records of accounts of schemes approved under RIDF as per before delimitation of 2012-13 and for the year 2013-14.
This record would be maintained as per the effected delimitation, he added.
Chief Minister said that PWD and IPH departments were directed to prepare Detailed Project Reports only after obtaining consent from respective MLAs.
Singh said that state government would propose schemes worth Rs. 475 crore to the NABARD for the year 2013-14 which was 18.75 percent higher than the previous year target of Rs. 400 crore.
He said that government had decided to take finance priorities of MLAs under PMGSY, CRF, World Bank, AIBP, NRDWP etc. and if funds under centrally sponsored schemes were not available than the finances would be obtained under NABARD.
He said that this decision was taken to obtain maximum benefits under centrally sponsored schemes keeping in view the financial position of the state.
Singh said that due to hilly terrain of the State the cost of road construction was higher than the plain areas and a request had been made to the Government of India to specify different norms for construction of roads under centrally sponsored schemes for the hilly States. Request was also made to Central Government and Planning Commission to provide more funds to the State under 12th Five Year Plan for PMGSY and Central Road Fund, he added.
Chief Minister said that in the year 2013-14 two- two priorities/schemes of every MLA would be included in the budget under Road, Irrigation, Rural Development and drinking water and thus in all 6 schemes of every MLA would be included in budget.
He requested all the MLAs to send their priorities to the concerned departments so that they could be included in the coming budget.
He said that the schemes on which work had been completed above 75 percent would also be included in addition to above.
Singh said that due to delay in forest clearance and in preparing DPRs, sanction for schemes get delayed. He said that for resolving forest cases, the Sub Divisional Committee would prepare forest cases at the earliest.
He said that a three member Committee under chairmanship of Chief Secretary including Principal Secretary Forest and Principal Secretary Revenue would review the cases related to forest clearance month wise and would submit the report to Chief Minister’s Office.
He requested the MLAs to provide their suggestions on policy matters, financial resources, good governance, self employment, wage employment etc. in the meeting.