Meghalaya’s plan allocation hiked

May 3rd, 2011 - 11:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Shillong, May 3 (IANS) The Planning Commission Tuesday fixed Meghalaya’s annual plan for 2011-12 at Rs.2,727 crore, an increase of 22 percent over the previous year’s fund allocation of Rs.2,230 crore, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said Tuesday.

During his meeting with Planning Commission’s Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia in New Delhi Tuesday, Sangma said that Meghalaya needed a substantial annual plan for 2011-12 as the state would continue its focus on poverty eradication.

“The state plan would target generating additional work opportunities for 1.5 lakh people, who faced a crisis due to the economic recession,” Sangma told IANS on phone from New Delhi.

Stating that generation of employment in rural areas was his top priority, the chief minister said a number of livelihood programmes have been introduced.

Sangma also informed the Planning Commission that the government had initiated steps to improve fiscal health of the state through streamlining of tax collection, increasing Value Added Tax (VAT) and introducing electricity duty.

The approved plan size of Rs.2,727 crore includes Rs.600 crore as special central assistance and Rs.100 crore as special plan assistance for implementing several developmental projects in the state.

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