New Delhi : As projected by the State Govt, the Planning Commission approved the Annual Plan Outlay of Arunachal Pradesh for 2010-11 at Rs. 2,500 crores. This was finalized at the meeting held between Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu at the Planning Commission on Monday, 10th May 2010. The meeting was also attended by Union Minister of State for Planning V. Narayanswamy and other members of the Planning Commission, reports PRO to CM (as reported by Ankur Garg, Planning Secretary).
Ahluwalia expressed his satisfaction at the performance of the State in all sectors during the last year and emphasised on the importance of creation of infrastructure as a pre-condition for development. He praised the Chief Minister for the several revolutionary steps taken by his government for improving service delivery in the State. The Chief Minister thanked the Planning Commission in particular and the Govt. of India in general for their tremendous support to the State Govt. He said that the sincere efforts of the State Govt in timely execution of works maintaining high standards of quality has been rewarded by the Planning Commission.
It is noteworthy that the increase in Plan Size is almost 25% over and above the last year’s Plan Size of Rs. 2016 crores. Amongst other components of Central Grants, Special Plan Assistance (SPA) of Rs. 1,100 crores has been approved for the State. This will go a considerable way in bridging the gaps in infrastructure in the State Govt. The State Govt. has identified connectivity (including roads), infrastructure, education, tourism, hydropower and transmission lines, e-governance, monitoring and capacity building as thrust areas for 2010-11.
Arunachal Pradesh has one of the highest Debt-GDP ratios in the country and this outlay will help repay the loan liability of almost Rs. 400 crores of the State Govt. In addition, Rs. 300.00 crores was taken as Advance SPA loan by the State Govt. last year to meet the arrear liabilities of the 6th Pay commission recommendations. The Increased outlay will also help mitigate the Rs. 700 crores liability on the State Govt. on account of salary increase due to 6th Pay commission recommendations.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister (Power), Minister (PWD), Minister (Finance) and Principal Advisor to CM. A team of officers comprising Principal secretary to CM, Principal Secretary (Coordination) Development Commissioner, Secretary Planning and Special Secretary Finance under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary also comprised the delegation.