The Planning Commission Tuesday approved Punjabs Annual Plan expenditure of Rs 16,125 crore for the current fiscal,which is 15.2 per cent higher than the Rs 14,000 crore outlay for 2012-13.
The states annual plan for 2013-14 was finalised at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Yojana Bhawan in New Delhi.
Briefing the Commission,Badal said,The states annual plan for 2013-14 focuses on development of infrastructure in power,roads and rural water supply and sanitation. Health and education continue to be the thrust areas in this fiscal with special emphasis on girl child and women empowerment. Badal observed that the Gadgil-Mukherjee formula was unfavourable for the state and urged the Planning Commission to sanction a special package of Rs 10,000 crore to bail out the state from fiscal stress. He said that the unitary form of governance besides the centralized approach to planning has brought the country to the brink of an explosive situation in which one third of the country was afflicted by insurgency,Naxalism and other forms of violence.
Meanwhile,Ahluwalia assured the state of continued support and pointed out that the issues raised by the Badal would be considered appropriately. He said that Commission is aware of the water problems of the state and the panel constituted on issue has submitted its report,which is under consideration at present.