Tripura told to attract private funds for infrastructure

March 24th, 2011 - 11:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala/New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Planning Commission Thursday asked Tripura’s Left Front government to create an investment-friendly environment to attract private funds for infrastructure and social sector development, officials said.

In a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in New Delhi, the annual plan of Tripura for the 2011-12 fiscal was finalised at Rs.1,950 crore.

“Ahluwalia praised the Tripura government for empowering panchayati raj institutions, anganwadi (child-care scheme implementation) and performance in ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme),” a senior official told reporters in Agartala, quoting the planning commission deputy head.

The plan panel deputy chief said that efforts should be made to improve achievement in health and education sectors. “Investment-friendly environment needs to be created to encourage private investment in the development of both physical and social infrastructure.”

Ahluwalia said that the Planning Commission was in the process of finalising approach to the 12th Five Year Plan and would welcome suggestions from states on making social sector programmes initiated by the central government more effective.

He said sectors like energy and health would need added attention of both the state and central governments to meet the growth targets in the 12th plan.

The Tripura chief minister briefed the commission about the new initiatives of the Left Front government aimed at improving resources and accelerate developmental schemes.

“Tax revenue has improved and salary expenditure has been controlled to improve fiscal health of the state,” the official said quoting the chief minister.

Sarkar said that efforts were on to make the best use of available natural resources. Skill development and vocational education were being given priority and a plan was ready to bring 50 percent of cultivable land under irrigation facilities.

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