New Delhi: The Planning Commission on Wednesday approved Rajasthan`s Rs 33,500 crore Plan outlay for 2012-13,
which is over 21 per cent higher than the current fiscal.
"We have agreed on annual Plan size of Rs 33,500 crore
for the next fiscal which is well funded by the state and some
assistance (Rs 60 crore) from the Centre," Planning Commission
Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters here.
The outlay was finalised after a meeting between
Ahluwalia and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot here.
Last year, the Commission had approved Rs 27,500 crore
for the 2011-12, against which the state incurred an
expenditure of Rs 28,750 crore. The approved outlay for next
fiscal is even higher than the proposed Rs 33,128 crore by the
The Commission is also working on Rs 1,94,283.44 crore
Plan outlay for the state during the 12th Five Plan beginning
next month, which would be finalised after the five year
policy is approved by the National Development Council.
On water issue in the state, Ahluwalia said, "The state
does require some special support to deal with the water
problem. I am in touch with Water Resources Minister and we
hope to convene a meeting of the Chief Ministers to put the
whole issue of water policy on higher level of discussion."
Commending the performance of the state Ahluwalia said,
"Rajasthan`s performance was very good. It used to be the
state whose economic performance was not good but now there is
a lot of improvement."
"They took credit of the poverty number we released
yesterday in their presentation to the Commission. That shows
that there is decline in poverty in the state," he added
Expressing satisfaction over the Plan size approved by
the Commission, Gehlot said the priority of the state
government would not change.
"This is the first state annual Plan outlay approved by
the Commission which is good start to the 12th Plan. We hope
to meet the expectation of the Commission and people of the