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Social service sector gets top priority in HP

Statesman News Service | Shimla |


The state Planning Board on Wednesday approved plan size of Rs 6,300 Crore for the year 2018-19 with an increase of 10.51 per cent as compared to last year’s annual plan of Rs 5,700 Crore.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur headed the Board meeting.

Social Services Sector, Transport and Communication, Agriculture and allied activities, Energy and Irrigation and Flood Control etc have been given added priority in annual Plan.

An outlay of Rs 2,548 Crore has been proposed for the social service sector followed by transport and communication with the proposed outlay of Rs 1,095 Crore.

The third priority has been accorded to agriculture and allied activities sector for which an outlay of Rs 844 Crore has been proposed while energy sector is proposed Rs 682 Crore.

Rs 431 Crore has been proposed for irrigation and flood control and Rs 285 Crore for general economic services while other sectors are proposed Rs 415 Crore.

CM said Rs 653 Crore has been proposed under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), loan funding from NABARD.

He said that under this a sum of Rs 368 Crore has been proposed for roads and bridges, Rs 130 Crore for rural water supply schemes, Rs 110 Crore for minor irrigation schemes, Rs 38 Crore for micro irrigation and poly houses (Agriculture) besides flood control and food and civil supply sectors.

Earlier, CM released a book ‘Strategies for Doubling Farmers Income in Himachal Pradesh’ by HC Sharma on the occasion.