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HP proposes annual plan of `6,300 crore for next fiscal

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

The Himachal Pradesh government has proposed annual plan size of Rs 6300 crore for fiscal 2018-19, with an increase of 10.51 percent over last year. This was disclosed by Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, while presiding over the priorities meeting of MLAs of Solan, Sirmaur and Shimla districts held here on Monday in the forenoon session.

He announced increase for implementing works of MLA priorities under NABARD through Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF). The MLAs can forward their recommendations for getting works done by PWD and IPH departments uptoRs 90 crore. This ceiling was Rs 80 crore earlier.

Thakur stressed his gratitude to Union government for sanctioning Rs 1351 crore for the proposed setting up of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Kothipura in Bilaspur district. He also thanked the Union government for the PGI satellite centre at Una, costing around Rs 450 crore.

He said 300-bedded PGI satellite centre in Una will help cater to the patients of the Himachal Pradesh belt at to their doorstep and in turn will reduce the rush of patients on the PGI providing quality healthcare facilities.

The CM said that the process of hiring consultancy services for preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of 69 National Highways as sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Road Surface Transport would be completed by 31 March this year and gave appropriate directions. He directed all the departments to take suitable steps to ensure implementation of centrally sponsored schemes.

“The government will take up the matter with Union Forest and Environment Ministry for enhancing the powers upto five hectares from existing one hectare, for giving clearances under Forest Conservation Act (FCA) for undertaking development works particularly the road projects which remain in limbo because of the complexity of FCA norms.”

He said improvement in air connectivity, ÚdayDeshKaAamNagrik’ (UDAN), a regional connectivity scheme phase-I and II by the Prime Minister and strengthening of road network in the state would help in promoting tourism. He said the issue pertaining to running of Sea Planes has also been taken up with the Union government.

“We are determined to provide clean, effective, transparent and responsive governance to the people of the state. We will give added priority to information technology and e-governance so that the vision of the Prime Minister, NarendraModi of ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance’ could be realized,” he said.