Annual Plan size for Madhya Pradesh for the year 2007-08 was approved today at a meeting between the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The Plan outlay was agreed at Rs.12011 crores which include onetime additional Central assistance of Rs.111 crores for projects of special assistance to the State.
Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Ahluwalia said that the Commission was keen on improving efficiency of centrally sponsored schemes and would carry out a review of guidelines shortly. Observations of States would be useful in identifying problems and their correction. He said as directed by Prime Minister the Commission would shortly be calling a meeting of NDC to discuss agriculture. States should prepare plans to identify roles to be played by both Centre and States in bringing about necessary acceleration in this important sector.
On economic performance of the State, it was pointed out that indicators are moving in the right direction and efforts are on to take the State out of Bimaroo Status. Appreciable progress has been made in social sector specially education and health. Focused attention should continue to improve social sector indices further. Efforts in improving irrigation and women empowerment were appreciated. Further acceleration of efforts aimed at employment generation and poverty reduction were needed.
The Chief Minister said that State has improved fiscal management which is clearly reflected in plan expenditure showing upward trend. Balance from current revenue has been consistently improving for three years and after becoming revenue surplus State it expects doubling revenue surplus next year. He said special attention has been given to improving infrastructure. Impressive performance has been registered in creation of irrigation potential, electricity generation and road construction.
Infrastructure development through public private partnership has been a big success. Besides being the first State to avail viability gap funding, it has constructed nearly 1500 kms of road under PPP approach. Elementary education has been universalized and State's performance in NRHM and NREG has been appreciated.
The thrust of Eleventh Plan would be on development of infrastructure for irrigation, power and roads, empowerment of women, SCs, STs and poor. Appropriate policy intervention would be made to further improve health and education. Livelihood promotion and skill development would get priority with emphasis on agriculture & allied activities.