NEW DELHI, Jul 11: As projected by the State govt, the Planning Commission has approved the Annual Plan Size for the year 2012-13 for Arunachal Pradesh at Rs 3,535 crore.

This was finalized at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here Wednesday. The meeting was also attended by Union Minister of State for Planning Ashwani Kumar and other members of the Planning Commission.

It is noteworthy that the approved Plan size is almost 20.1% increase over last year’s revised outlay of Rs 2942.6 crore.

The increase has been made possible as the State has shown an average annual growth rate of 10.8% during the first 4 years of 11th Five Year Plan as compared to the national average of 8.15%. In particular, agriculture sector has recorded an average growth rate of more than 14% and the horticulture sector, almost 200%. The actual expenditure during the 11th Five Year Plan was 137% of the initially agreed outlay – a fact which was given due appreciation by the Deputy Chairman during the meeting.

The resources will help the State in bridging critical gaps in infrastructure and also help realize its vision of skill development, capacity building and generating employment for 1 lakh youth during the 12th Five Year Plan.

Ahluwalia and all the members of Planning Commission showered praise on the State for its exceptional performance in third party monitoring and agriculture and horticulture sectors. The Commission also expressed immense satisfaction on the performance of PM Package projects in the State and said that Arunachal model of monitoring should be replicated all over the country for promoting complete transparency.

Earlier, the Chief Minister while outlining his vision for the State, made a passionate appeal to the Commission to understand the special needs and requirements of the State and provide liberal support as always. Planning & Finance Minister Chowna Mein also highlighted the thrust areas identified by the State for the 12th Five Year Plan and how State is planning to incorporate those in a five-year plan document.

Besides Mein, Tuki was accompanied by Agriculture & Horticulture Minister Setong Sena, Power Minister Tanga Bayaling, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning Nabam Rebia, State Planning Board Deputy Chairman Takar Marde and Principal Advisor to CM T Norbu.

A team of officers comprising Principal Secretary to CM Y Tsering, Development Commissioner Ramesh Negi, Secretary Planning Ankur Garg and Secretary Tourism Sonam Chombay under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary H K Paliwal also accompanied the CM-led delegation. A power-point presentation highlighting the performance of the State in flagship programmes and its thrust areas was made by Paliwal, Negi and Garg. (PRO)

PIB adds: Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia appreciated the efforts of the State in accelerating development and catalyzing infrastructure development. It was acknowledged that the special package announced by the Prime Minister has greatly helped in generating more economic activity.

The State is now in the threshold of stepping into modern economic activity; but the pace of economic development is not commensurate with growing population consistent with requirement of socio-economic infrastructure. The growth in per capita income has gone up from Rs 26610 in 2004-2005 to Rs 55789 in 2010-2011.

Economic development over the last decade has generated very little income and employment opportunities in rural areas. A strategy for sustained improvement in livelihood in an inaccessible mountainous State like Arunachal Pradesh has to be based on the specificity of its location and resource base.

Attention was drawn to low literacy rate which is as low as 66.95% as per 2011 Census. The gender gap in literacy in the State is highest among the NE Region and above national average. Further, the dropout rate is also high at the primary & middle and secondary levels. The huge backlog of infrastructure coupled with inadequate manpower hinders the progress of education in the State. Measures need to be taken to improve the quality of education, the physical infrastructure and the ancillary facilities in the primary education for qualitative improvement of education.

Promotion of horticulture depends on successful marketing which is weak in the State. Arunachal Pradesh is bestowed with vast hydro potential. Successfully exploiting the untapped potential is of vital importance not just from point of view of the State, as bulk of the power generation in the State could be profitably utilized in other regions. It was also pointed that successful tapping of the hydro-potential can make the State economically self-sustainable in the long run.

Tourism potential of the State still remains unexplored due to lack of infrastructure facilities like connectivity, tourist lodges, tourist huts, resorts etc.

Briefing the Commission on the plan priorities of the State govt and past performance, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that his govt has inherited a financial management crisis from his predecessors and constraint in seeking multilateral financial support due to objections from neighbouring countries. He said numbers of new initiatives have been taken to stabilize economy but it will take some time before position improves.

He said during 12th Plan major initiatives would be launched to improve human development index. To improve implementation of infrastructure projects, third party monitoring of the on-going projects has been introduced which is showing good results.

 

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