The Annual Plan for the year 2012-13 for the state of Assamwas finalisedon 05 June 2012 at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr.Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Assam, Sh.Tarun Gogoi. The plan size has been agreed at Rs.10500 crore (or approximately USD 1.9 bn).
In his comments on the performance of the State, Sh. Ahluwalia said that there has been constant improvement in the GSDP during the first three year of 11th plan. GSDP growth (at 2004-05 prices) has been 4.81% in 2007-08, improved to 6.82% in 2008-09 and in 2009-10 estimated growth over previous year is 8.08%. The performance of Agriculture and Allied sector has shown considerable improvement. The overall achievement of Agriculture and allied sector during the 10th Plan period was 1.16%. Against this the annual growth in first three years of the 11th Plan has been 2.8%, 6.3% and 4.2%. This is quite encouraging against the target of 2% for the 11th Plan period. He said the State needs to focus on further improving infrastructure and particularly road connectivity. He said land erosion also need priority attention of the Government.
The Services sector performance has also been good in the first three years of the 11th Plan, which was 7.8% in 2007-08, 8.6% in 2008-09 and 12.2% in 2009-10 against the overall target of 8% for this sector. It is expected that this trend would continue for the whole Plan period. However, there is a fluctuating trend in the industry sector. The industries growth, which was at 0.7% in 2007-08, improved to 3.3% in 2008-09, but declined to 2.5% in 2009-10. The overall target of industry sector is 8%. State may take all necessary corrective steps to improve this scenario.