Himachal registers 8.2% growth



    NEW DELHI: Himachal Pradesh has registered a robust growth rate of 8.2% at the end of the fourth year of 10th Plan as against the national growth of 7.5%, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said.

    Singh said that the per capita income of Himachal Pradesh was registered at Rs 30,140 during the year 2005-2006 as against national level per capita income of Rs 25,825 registered during the same period.

    Singh was speaking after a meeting with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia in Yojana Bhawan here today, where the Annual Plan for the year 2007-2008 was fixed at Rs 2,100 crore as against approved plan outlay of Rs 1,800 crore for 2006-2007.

    The plan size sees a 16.6% growth, an increase of Rs 300 crore in comparison to last Plan. Social service which has been accorded the top priority in the Plan size has been allocated Rs 902 crore of which Rs 264 crore will be alone spent on the education sector. A sum of Rs 222 crore has been allocated for Health and Family Welfare including Medical Education. Rs 293 crore have been allocated for Water Supply, Sanitation, Housing and Urban Development Sectors, whereas Rs 34 crore will be spent on the welfare of SCs, STs & OBCs. Rs 84 crore has been allocated for Social Welfare and Nutrition programmes.

    An outlay of Rs 222 crore has been approved  for Agriculture and allied activities keeping in view of the 11th plan priority.

    Singh said that an amount of Rs 260 crore would be spent on Irrigation and Flood Control programmes under the Plan in the state and added that emphasis would be given to completion of on going major and medium schemes to increase the growth rate in Agriculture and Horticulture Sector.

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