Arunachal Pradesh gets 20.65 Bn as plan outlay

Thursday, 28 February 2008, 14:03 Hrs
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New Delhi: The Planning Commission Tuesday approved 20.65 billion ($517.4 million) as plan outlay for Arunachal Pradesh for 2008-09.

The annual outlay was finalised at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.

An official statement of the Planning Commission said Montek Singh Ahluwalia suggested to the state to explore various options for generating more resources.

"Focused attention should be given to the development of horticulture, floriculture, tourism and power generation. The state should have a medium-term policy to exploit available hydro potential. It will substantially add to the state resources," he said.

The meeting discussed inadequate transport infrastructure in the state, a major constraint in the development efforts.

While appreciating efforts to involve private sector in providing health services and education, Montek Singh said the state should take advantage of the central programmes in improving horticulture and skill development.

Chief Minister Khandu said his government was committed to increasing transparency in administration, and a number of new initiatives were being planned.

"Resource constraint is a major bottleneck," Khandu said in the meeting seeking the help of plan panel in changing the guidelines for centrally sponsored schemes so as to enable the state to execute them properly.
Source: IANS
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