12 May 2012

Madhya Pradesh Plan for 2012-13 Finalized

The Annual Plan for the year 2012-13 for the state of Madhya Pradesh was finalised here today at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr.Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr.Shivraj Singh Chauhan. The plan size has been agreed at Rs. 28,000 crore.
In his comments on the plan performance of the State, Mr Ahluwalia said the State has performed well and a satisfactory growth rate has been achieved but social sector needs more focus. He said the State is yet to catch up with the national average in education and health sectors though gap has reduced during the eleventh plan period. Even in the poverty eradication though achievement is better but more efforts are needed to match national efforts. 
The Planning Commission appreciated the effort of the State Government in accelerating infrastructure development through public private partnership model. It advised the State to benefit from the various central sector schemes meant for infrastructure development like Industrial infrastructure Up gradation Scheme (IIUS) and Scheme for Integrated Textile Park (SITP) operated under Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Ministry of Textile respectively. 
The State Government was advised to come up with a comprehensive State Manufacturing Competitiveness Report so as to identify the select industries/sector, which has potential endowment in Madhya Pradesh in place of conventional approach of giving emphasis on various sector as a whole. It was noticed that the State has demonstrated potential for setting up industries based on rich natural resources. It would be desirable to invite big industry house set up mega size plants to ensure value added export from the State itself. 
The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh said in comments that the State is fast moving out of Bemaaru status and has registered a growth of 10.2 per cent against a target of 7.6 per cent fixed for the 11th plan. He said the State would pursue an ambitious target of 12 per cent growth during the 12th plan. He said for this purpose a more inclusive growth without compromising on fiscal discipline would be pursued. He said efforts would be made to reduce poverty to 25 per cent from the present level of 36.7 per cent. Focus would be on empowering women through socio-economic development. 
He said in the agriculture sector effort will be to reach a growth of nine per cent during next plan. And for this new initiatives would be taken to diversity and value adds agriculture to make it remunerative profession for small and marginal farmers. Public private partnership in extension services and agro-processing would be encouraged, he said.
The focus of Annual Plan 2012-13 is on creating an industry friendly environment in which new industrial projects could be set up expeditiously without much procedural hassles. The State Govt. has given major thrust on developing industrial infrastructure, which includes industrial areas, industrial growth centres, various industrial parks and efficient management of the same. He said highest allocation would go to social services followed by transport, irrigation and energy sectors. He said a special fund for protecting forests should be created to incentivising States to protect forests. A new centrally scheme for the construction of infrastructure for Anganwaris need to be initiated in the next plan. Mr Chauhan was the opinion that besides allowing more flexibility in the execution of central schemes, centre should consider allowing States to go for a area specific development plan. 
On industrialization, he said investors are showing keen interest in investing in Madhya Pradesh and to facilitate investment the Government was planning to create 77 new industrial areas at a cost of Rs 3,500 crore to incentivise investments. 

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