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PlanComm approves Rs 17,000 crore outlay for Kerala in 2013-14

PlanComm approves Rs 17,000 crore outlay for Kerala in 2013-14

New Delhi: The Planning Commission today approved Kerala's Plan outlay of Rs 17,000 crore for 2013-14, a little over 21 per cent higher than that for the last financial year.

The annual plan size was finalised here in a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

After the meeting, Ahluwalia said, "I was quite impressed by the (state's) proposal to set-up a separate capital development fund which will give much greater flexibility in deploying resources. We covered all sectors and we are hopeful that Kerala will do well and may give an example also to the rest of the country."

"Rs 17,000-crore plan is fully funded .... Many members pointed out that in social areas, education, health, infant mortality and so on, Kerala has been leading," he told reporters.

He also said the Chief Minister has drawn attention to certain new areas such as education that can relate to people with disability.

"Management of solid waste is a major problem all over the country and the state government has expressed some interest working with us to see various sides of PPP projects, viability, gap funding and so on," he added.

Chandy said "flexibility will be allowed for spending on centrally-sponsored schemes".

Ahluwalia said a Cabinet note will be moved to give greater flexibility to the states in the use of centrally sponsored schemes (CSCs).

"We will move a cabinet note for a greater flexibility in the use of centrally sponsored schemes. Hopefully that will be cleared by the Cabinet next week. I have invited the state governments to submit recommendations what kind of flexibility they want and as soon as we receive this, we will try to do the best as we can do," he added.

Chandy said the state government will submit its proposal next week about the recommendations to use the funds under centrally sponsored schemes.


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