Nagaland pushes for Rs 1700 crore plan size

Secretary-level discussions on Nagaland’s 2011-2012 Plan has begun Wednesday, April 27 in New Delhi, with the State government submitting a Rs. 1, 700 crore proposal. For the fiscal year, the Planning Commission had supposedly offered the State a net borrowing of approximately Rs 300 Crore, and if the State’s development sectors show increase, there is expectation that the Center would increase the Plan for Nagaland.
About 20 high ranking bureaucrats of State departments and an unspecified number of heads of departments led by Chief Secretary Lalthara are in Delhi for the meeting with the Planning Commission. The discussion began today where the officials presented their reports, offered clarifications and broached on overviews of the performances of the State departments.
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The meeting is preliminary to prepare the technical groundwork for the government-level meeting with the Planning Commission of India, Lalthara said form Delhi tonight. Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio and the Deputy Chairperson of the State Planning Board Neiba Kronu shall be leaving for Delhi in May, it was informed.
Lalthara said the state’s Plan size for fiscal 2011-12 is Rs. 1, 700 Crore. The proposal is an initial submission and the actual allocation cannot be stated, for now. A meeting of the Planning Commission and the Chief Minister will finalize the plan size, the Chief Secretary disclosed.
“We have submitted Rs. 1,700 Crore proposal. We cannot tell whether they (Planning Commission) will give us more or less,” Lalthara said. “If there is 10% increase (of sector development) it would be only around Rs. 1, 650 Crore, Lalthara said. Details of percentage of increase remain unavailable at the time of filing this report.
In March this year, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio passed the 2011-2012 budget that shouted a deficit of Rs 602.30 Crore. The optimism about the Planning Commission increasing the plan size for Nagaland state is arguably for the reason that earlier the Chief Minister had stated “while finalizing the State Plan 2010-2011, the Planning Commission had offered us a net borrowing of Rs 397 Crore, but we stuck to Rs 270 crore as was earlier approved by the Ministry of Finance.”
In today’s meeting Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir offered an overview of the scope of activities and progress of the State developmental sectors, it was informed. Likewise, all the attending Commissioner & Secretaries tabled before the commission officials the current developments underway in their respective departments.
The Chief Minister’s Office remains unreached for comment but the chief minister leading another delegation to Delhi in May, probably around the first week, is confirmed that the technical groundwork are underway. Details concerning the response of the Planning Commission to the extent of the state’s progress in the eco-developmental sectors were unavailable at the time of filing this news report.