New Delhi: The Planning Commission on Monday
approved Tamil Nadu`s Rs 20,068-crore annual plan outlay,
which includes Rs 150 crore additional central assistance for
projects of special interest to the state, for 2010-11 fiscal.
"The annual plan for Tamil Nadu for current fiscal was
finalised here at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy
Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
M Karunanidhi," an official statement said.
On the plan performance of the state, Ahluwalia said that
plan realisation has been good but more efforts are needed to
take the state economy to previous levels of growth.
He said that the state`s economic performance was very
impressive and better than the national average during 2004-05
Ahluwalia also said that the state has impressive record
of improvement in human development indices and growth in
industry and services. It has dynamic services sector and
relatively stagnant agriculture.
The Commission suggested that the state should lay more
emphasis on agriculture growth and improve productivity by
developing further dry-land agriculture.
It needs to optimise water management and also increase
area under cultivation. The state government should device
schemes in the state sector and provides matching funding so
that it can avail the central assistance under various
schemes for industrial development, he pointed out.
During the meeting, Karunanidhi said that the state was
committed to social justice and inclusive growth.
With this intension the state has introduced Kalaignar
Housing Scheme under which permanent concrete houses would be
provided to 21 lakh poor families over a period of six years,
He said that a health insurance scheme has been
introduced to provide relief to poor which would be beneficial
for 1.44 crore families.
Under the scheme the insured families can get treatment
for specified life threatening diseases for up to Rs one lakh
in approved private hospitals.
Karunahidhi demanded that more funds should be provided
under the Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana to the state for
new link roads for habitation with population of more than 250
as all habitations with 1,000 or more population have been
provided with link roads.
"All new schemes would be announced later on," the Chief
Minister told reporters, adding that we had very good
discussion on power situation in the state.