New Delhi: The Planning Commission on Wednesday
approved Sikkim?s annual plan of Rs 1,400 crore for 2011-12.
The annual plan was finalised here at a meeting between
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and
Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling.
Commenting on the performance of the state, Ahluwalia
said that the performance of the state is quite satisfactory
and appreciated its efforts to improve horticulture and ginger
He said continued focus on physical and social
infrastructure development together with urbanisation would
catalyse tourism and other income generating activities.
He also appreciated the initiatives taken to make Sikkim
first organic and green state in the country. Priorities in
the sector need to work out accordingly.
Ahluwalia said the state should embark upon a path of
sustainable economic development by concentrating upon its
abundant natural resources.
He asked the state to pay attention to the existing
educational infrastructure and higher education.
In the health sector, the state was asked to emphasise
on the achievement of the health indicators as envisaged in
the Plan document. Thrust will also be given to provision of
clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities in both
rural and urban areas.
The Chief Minister said the thrust of Plan was upon the
inclusion of the Common Minimum Programme of the UPA and
inclusion of various Flagship Programmes, with particular
emphasis on Human Development.