The Annual Plan for the year 2012-13 for the state of Uttarakhand was finalised on 16JUL12 at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Mr. Vijay Bahuguna. The plan size has been agreed at Rs8, 200crore.
In his comments on the plan performance of the State, Mr Ahluwalia said the commission is fully aware of the infrastructure deficit in the State and their constraint to meet the cost of infrastructure development. Ahluwalia said the State needed to further encourage private sector participation in infrastructure development, thereby helping the State in fully tapping the potential in sectors like tourism while catalysing economic activity in all regions of Uttarakhand.
Attention was also drawn to problems in the human development including dropout rate in education and minority welfare.
The Gross State Domestic Product at Constant Prices (2004-05) of Uttarakhand has increased from Rs.24786 crore to Rs.55606 crore between FY 2004-05 to FY 2011-12 increasing by 124.34% well above the national average.
The Chief Minister (CM) pointed out that only 18% persons are below poverty line in the State against 32.7% in FY 2004-05. Rural poverty during the same period improved from 35.1 to 14.1 per cent while urban poverty was 25.2% in FY 2009-10 against 26.2% in FY 2004-05. The CM said the 12th Five Year Plan will target the poverty and unemployment as the most serious challenges for development planning in the State.
The CM went on to note the need to ensure livelihood security, economic growth and equity to align the people of the border areas with the national mainstream. Strengthening of socio-economic infrastructure in this area is beyond any argument for the safety of the nation. He said because of the strategic nature of the State, there is strong case for developing a wide network of railways to all district as a strategic defence initiative. Similarly there is a need to take up development of airports, airstrips and helipads as a strategic defence, tourist and disaster management initiative.
The State Government has identified livelihood security, economic security, energy security, conservation of environment and forests as policy fundamentals for the development of the State and for this purpose proposed a 12th plan of Rs.55229.91 crore of which 56.25% is allocated to economic services 41.15% to social services.