State's plan size fixed at Rs 47,000 crore

To get additional Rs 10,000 cr through Central assistance: Ahluwalia

State's plan size fixed at Rs 47,000 crore

The Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a whopping Rs 47,000-crore plan size for Karnataka for the year 2013-14, up by 11.8 per cent from the previous fiscal.

Planning Commission Deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia, who held a meeting with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, said the State would also get Rs 50 crore as a one-time additional assistance from the Centre.

“In addition to that, up to Rs 10,000 crore, through the normal Central assistance programme, will go to Karnataka to help engage development,” Ahluwalia told mediapersons after the meeting.

While asking the State to focus on agriculture and infrastructure sector, Ahluwalia said Karnataka had a good expenditure realisation and it could lead other states to introduce technology for improving governance.

Ahluwalia said the State’s growth rate had slowed down recently, and was lower than the national average.

“The new government should work out a strategy to take maximum advantage when the economy is on a recovery path. Special attention is needed to give necessary impetus to education and health sectors,” he said.

Rise in revenue receipts

Claiming that several initiatives are being taken to alleviate the problems of the poor and marginalised people by his government, Siddaramaiah said the State expected to enhance revenue receipts from Rs 53,493 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 62,780 in 2013-14.

He said the State was committed to providing adequate outlays for sectors that contributed significantly to improving human development indices, especially education, health, women and child development, social welfare, housing, water supply and sanitation, and rural development.

He said the Centre should help the State government in strengthening infrastructure for post-harvest facilities, restore custom duty on raw silk to 30 per cent and should help in marketing of surplus milk.

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