NEWS FROM STATES 


WEST BENGAL

Bengal Annual Plan size fixed at Rs.6,307 cr

The annual plan size for West Bengal for 2002-03 was fixed at Rs.6,307 crore while the 10th Plan outlay for the state was projected at Rs.28,641 crore at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Shri K.C. Pant and state planning minister Shri Nirupam Sen on May 29, 2002.

Shri Pant appreciated the state's efforts in obtaining growth of over 7 percent during the 9th plan which is over 1 percent higher than the national average. However, he pointed out that there is a sharp deterioration in the state's own funds and short-fall in the realisation of Central assistance. He said the projected target of 8.8 percent growth rate for the state is achievable as the state possesses a lot of dynamism and potential. 

UTTAR PRADESH

UP annual plan size fixed at Rs.7,250 cr

The Planning Commission has approved a Plan outlay of Rs.7,250 crore for UP for the current fiscal and projected a size of Rs.59,708 crore for the 10th plan. 

The Plan size was fixed in a meeting between commission chief Shri K.C. Pant and chief minister Ms. Mayawati in New Delhi on June 07, 2002. Shri Pant said there is a need to eradicate poverty and improve per capita income in the state as 31:15 percent of its population lived below poverty line and its per capita income was 41 per cent less than the national average. He said the commission would extend full support to the state in its efforts. Shri Pant said efforts are needed to improve health services in the rural areas and tackle the low literacy rate problem. There is also a need to introduce a time-bound programme for total electrification since nearly 20,000 villages were not electrified and 3,600 of these villages could be provided electricity only through non-conventional sources. 

The financial position of the power corporation is also not satisfactory with estimated losses of around Rs.3,069crore during the last fiscal. The state needs to adopt region specific development programme and investor friendly policies to encourage private investment in all sectors. 

Ms. Mayawati said efforts were on to improve tax recovery, economise expenditure, widen taxbase, rationalise charges and implement zero-based budgeting of schemes. 

RAJASTHAN

Rs.5,160 cr Rajasthan plan finalised

The Planning Commission on May 01, 2002 approved a core plan size of Rs.5,160 crore for Rajasthan for 2002-03 based on the state's identifiable resources while projecting its Tenth Five Year Plan size at Rs.27,318 crore at 2001-02 prices. The outlay is marginally higher than the last year's Plan size of Rs.5,031 crore.

The Plan size was decided at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman, Shri K.C. Pant and Rajasthan chief minister Shri Ashok Gehlot.

Appreciating Rajasthan's efforts in the area of power reforms, literacy and forestry, Shri Pant said steps were needed to reduce transmission and distribution losses. "The watershed development programme in the rainfed areas should be started on a warfooting as there is an urgent need to recharge ground water to raise the underground level".

HARYANA

Haryana industry promises problem-free environment to promote industry

The government of Haryana has received several investment proposals including plans to set up shopping, leisure and entertainment malls from eastern India. Entrepreneurs from the plywood industry and jute sector too have evinced interest in taking up projects in the state. Elaborating on the investment proposals, HSIDC, Managing Director Shri Harbakhsh Singh said, "The government is in the process of acquiring 500 acres of land near Yamunagar for plywood units. The plot can house nearly 400 plywood units". All these apart three corporates in the IT- enabled services spectrum have made enquiries to open call centres at Haryana. Earlier, speaking at a meeting chief minister Shri Chautala said the state government was laying more emphasis on infrastructure development, simplification of regulations and providing a responsive administration. 

Haryana govt. to spend Rs.100 crore on rural roads

The Haryana government has decided to spend Rs.100 crore on construction, upgradation and strengthening of rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana, the Central Road Fund and other such schemes during 2002-03. 

Work on 376 km. of rural roads had been taken up at a cost of Rs.21 crore. The government has also cleared over 55 rural road projects, measuring 784 km, to be taken up during this financial year. 

During 2001-02, Rs.474 crore was spent on construction, upgradation, improvement and maintenance of rural roads. 

A Rs.415 crore project was launched in the last financial year to improve 306 km. of state highways. Under the scheme, upgradation of 19 major state highways, measuring about 1,100 km. will be completed soon. Another 600 km. of roads will be upgraded during 2002-03. 

The government has also decided to stregthen 1,571 km of district roads. Upgradation of 470 km of district roads has been taken up with an outlay of Rs.42.49 crore.

The government has sanctioned Rs.43.27 crore for strengthening 153 km. of district roads in three years. 

Maharashtra, Gujarat,TamilNadu top in Industrialisation

Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have emerged as the top three industrialised states in the country in terms of Gross Value of Output (GVO) for the year 1999-2000. 

According to an analysis carried out by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) the GVO of Maharashtra was Rs.1.81 crore while Gujarat and Maharashtra was Rs.1.18 crore and Rs.95 lakh each. 

They were followed by Uttar Pradesh with a GVO of Rs.61.19 lakh, Andhra Pradesh with 57.86 lakh and Haryana with Rs.44.55 lakh.

The GVO of Madhya Pradesh was Rs.43.94 lakh, Karnata 42.73 lakh and Punjab Rs.37.91 lakh, West Bengal had a GVO of Rs.34.99 lakh. 

NAGALAND

Potentials of Nagaland

Nagaland is rich in social capital which is increasingly recognised to be an essential input in the development process apart from economic and human capital. 

Nagaland is also rich in natural resources. Many medicinal herbs and plants are available like Gensing, Agar, Tejpatta, Dalchini, Mint and other medicinal plants and herbs. Nagaland is rich in forest products such as timber, cane and bamboo.

Nagaland is rich in mineral resources. The exploration carried out by the State Geology and Mining Department and other Central Agencies have established the following mineral reserves; (i) petroleum & natural gas; (ii) nickel-cobalt-chromium bearing magnetite, (iii) high grade limestone, (iv) marble, dimensional/decorative stones and (v) coal. The possibilities include multi-disciplinary explorations for precious metals in the Ophiolites and Fossil fuels in the Sedimentary basins, Evolving Metallurgical know-how for utilization of multi-metal deposits of Nickel -Cobalt-Chromium-Iron, Exploration and Production of Oil and Natural Gas including setting up of oil Refinery, Petro-chemical Industries, gas-based power generation and setting up of medium to large industries based on very high grade limestones/marble deposits. 

The government has enacted a new industrial policy which is investor-friendly offering a number of incentives apart from the concessions offered by the government of India to Industries in the North East. 

Nagaland state industrial policy - 2000

In order to facilitate rapid and sustained Industrial development in the State a new Industrial Policy has been adopted by the State Government to enable the enterprising entrepreneurs to generate substantial income and employment for the people of Nagaland. 

Salient Features : 

Thrust Areas :

Food Processing Industries: Tourism industries; agro-forest based industries; mineral-based industries sericulture; bio-tech industries; floriculture; handloom & handicrafts; electronics & IT; petrochemicals.

Approved industrial areas :

Ganeshnagar, Bhandari, Ghathashe, Viswema, Chuchuyimland, Saring, Tizit, Wazeho, Tuli, Longnak, Longtho, Longleng, Noklak, Dimapur.

Incentives :

Power subsidy; subsidy on drawal of power line; contribution to feasibility study cost; manpower subsidy; assistance for quality control measures; special incentive for 100% export oriented units; exemption of stamp duty; stipendiary support for special EDP; 15% price preference and exemption of earnest money on government store purchase programme.

Special incentives provided by central government under new industrial policy for north eastern region :

15% capital investment subsidy on plant and machinery subject to a maximum of Rs.30 lakh.

90% transportation subsidy

3% interest subsidy on working capital loan.

10 years tax holiday for excise duty and income tax.

KARNATAKA

Karnataka software exports up 33% to Rs.9,903 cr in `01-02

Software exports from Karnataka have met revenue targets set by STPI-Bangalore, with the total exports from the state touching the Rs.9,903 crore mark in 2001-02, representing a 33 percent growth over Rs.7,475 crore in the previous fiscal. Similarly, hardware exports from the state under the export hardware technology park (EHTP) scheme have also seen impressive growth of 128.27 percent to touch Rs.838.09 crore in financial year 2001-02 compared to Rs.367.14 crore in the previous financial year. 

ASSAM

Assam earns Rs.1,473 lakh revenue on forest products 

The Assam government has earned a revenue of Rs.1,473 lakh during the last financial year from its various forest products against Rs.959 lakh in the previous year, official sources said. The state government has continued to impose ban on indiscriminate felling of trees. 

MADHYA PRADESH

MP for increase in power generation

The Madhya Pradesh government is implementing a multi-pronged programme for increasing generation of electricity to meet the acute power shortage of 1,000 to 2,000 mw. The 400 mw Maheshwar hydel power project is one among many power projects on the anvil that would supply invaluable peak power throughout the year.

NORTH EAST

NE needs focused development and market access to neighbours'

The inter-ministerial committee on northestern states, including Sikkim has suggested that the process for restoration of peace and law and order can be hastened significantly through development, particularly of the rural areas. This effort must be reinforced through a more co-ordinated and focussed approach. 

It noted that there are virtually no organised sector employment opportunities in the region even though in several states there is a very high literacy rate and in some it is amongst the highest in the country. 

The panel report has pointed out that transportation and marketing are two areas which require very focussed, imaginative and determined interventions. The problems of access for goods from northeastern states for domestic markets in other parts of the country on account of high cost of transportation could have been compensated by exploring markets in neighbouring countries, since several states have common borders with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Tibet, China and Bhutan. 

There is a need to intensify diplomatic and trade negotiations with these neighbouring countries as well as with the South East Asian countries to open market access for goods from northeastern region. Chittagong port in Bangaledsh can be utilised to export goods from northeastern states to South-East Asian countries. 

The panel also suggested launching of composite and integrated projects for the region based on existing resources and potentials like handlooms and handicrafts, village industries, pineapple, horticulture and food processing, small tea, coffee and rubber growers, bamboo based activities, mountain spring for small hydel power generation and tourism. 

Wherever required elements of healthcare, nutrition drug deaddiction, rehabilitation, literacy (insome states) and housing should be incorporated in the project design. 

Professional institutions, government and quasi-government agencies present in the region like NEDFI, Neramac, NEHHDC, North-Eastern Council should focus on development of the area. 

It suggested that village community organisations should be set up on the pattern of those existing in Nagaland and Mizoram and involved in the process of planning and implementation should also be improved by involving NGOs and co-operative credit societies. NABARD has already agreed to provide credit directly to village development boards in Nagaland and village councils in Mizoram. 

SBI is also likely to follow suit. The panel also advised NEDFI to take up necessary initiatives for directly financing village level organisation.