New Delhi (May 23): Himachal Pradesh government has requested the Centre to sanction minimum 27,556 crore plan size for the state during the 12th Five Year Plan for the year 22012-17.
While speaking at a meeting on regional level consultation on 12th Plan Approach Paper called by the Planning Commission, state Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal requested the Planning Commission to double the size of 11th plan keeping in view prevalent rate of inflation. Dhumal requested for time-bound
road map for tapping hydro-power potential during the 12th plan. He told that harnessing of balance power potential will be top priority of the government during the 12th Plan period and requested the central government for support on various critical issue like environmental clearance in this sector.
Dhumal requested the central government to sanction special package for tourism development in the state and provide funds for construction of an airport near Shimla with landing facilities for a Boeing/ Airbus aircraft to strengthen
the civil aviation infrastructure in the state and further requested
for subsidizing operations of helicopter services in western Himalayan states on the pattern of the North-East. He requested for adequate budget provision, for the targeted completion of all ongoing railway projects in the state during the 12th Five Year Plan and told that there has been very slow progress in the development of railway infrastructure in Himachal
Pradesh since independence.
Dhumal said that norms for cost of infrastructure development and social sector projects/schemes in hill states should be enhanced on account of topographical considerations and further requested for 20% enhancement in the present income
criteria for BPL families for hill States due to relatively higher cost of living. He told that hill states face unique problems and
challenges in terms of difficult terrain, topography and associated
higher costs of investments. He requested for special central financial package to state during 12th Plan in view of unrealistic and gross under estimation of state’s liablities by the 13th Finance Commission to compensate the state Government and enable the formulation of a 12th Plan for the state.
He asked for early report of “Group on Finances of Special Category
States” to explore a reasonable solution to compensate states during
the post 13th Finance Commission Award. He requested the planning commission to to appropriately restructure schemes of Inter Government Financial Transfers which must recognize the role of States in the accountable delivery of development objectives and support genuine need and reward better performance.