Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the State Annual Plan of Rs. 5200 crore has been proposed for the State for the financial year 2016-17 with an increase of Rs. 400 crore over present fiscal.
He was presiding over the meeting of MLAs of Solan, Shimla and Sirmaur districts at Shimla today for the finalization of priorities for the 2016-17 budget.
He said with the consistent efforts of the State Government, the Government of India had restored the funding for core centrally sponsored schemes in the ratio of 90:10 and the State would give priority to get funds for the priorities of the MLAs under grant based programmes of the Union Government.
With a view to avoid unwanted delays in preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs), the State Government had made provision in the present budget for preparing DPRs on outsourced basis, he said.
He said the Skill Development Corporation had been set up in the State and principle approval had been granted to RS. 640 crore scheme for implementing various skill development programmes.
The Chief Minister announced to enhance the maximum limit for sending DPRs to NABARD from Rs. 50 crore to Rs. 60 crore per assembly segment from 2014-15 to 2017-18.
Mr. Singh held routine joint meetings of officers of PWD, Forest and Revenue Departments to ensure quick approval of road projects. He also directed for proper maintenance of old irrigation schemes and hand pumps.
He directed the concerned authorities to ensure that people construct proper septic tanks and they have proper sewerage connectivity in urban areas failing to which their water and electricity connections should be seized.