gets Rs.590 cr.
Plan size for Manipur for 2003-2004 has been finalised at Rs.590 crore,
including an additional Central assistance of Rs.70 crore for priority
The Plan size was fixed at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy
Chairman, Shri K.C. Pant and Manipur Chief Minister Shri O. Ibobi
Singh on September 02, 2003.
Emphasising the need for the state to focus on resource mobilisation
Shri Pant said in 2002-2003 the states tax and non-tax revenue
was in the negative by Rs.29.07 crore, whereas expenditure on salaries,
pensions and interest payments mounted to Rs.587.15 crore.
Shri Singh pointed out that the state had taken measures to regulate
non-Plan expenditure. Orders for abolishing 12,012 posts had been
issued, a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for government employees
was under formulation, retrenchment of employees in unviable PSUs
had been taken up and power tariffs had been revised.
Complimenting the state for its progress in attaining better literacy
levels and good demographic and health indices, Shri Pant said the
state had succeeded in covering 8 out of its 9 districts under the
total literacy programme and achieved replacement-level fertility
besides a low level of infant mortality and death rates.
Punjab offers sops to stop flight of units
The Punjab government has finalised a package for industries. It involves
a five year exemption from electricity duty, Octroi and purchase tax
for the new units, has been firmed up to arrest the flight of industries
from Punjab because of sops to industry being offered by Jammu and
Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttatranchal.
Announcing the package, Punjab Chief Minister, Shri Amarinder Singh
said : This initiative has been taken with the dual objectives
of attracting investment and dealing with the problem of unemployment.
Shri Singh said the units would generate direct and indirect employment
opportunities for over 5,000 and 15,000 people, respectively.
Himachal exports 11.5m apple boxes
Himachal Pradesh had exported over 11.5 million standard size apple
boxes during the current season.
Apple production was likely to be around 22.5 million boxes this year
against the last years 19.1 million boxes.
Uttaranchal to develop 22 new tourist sites
The Uttaranchal government has identified 22 places to be developed
as tourist destinations to take off the pressure of tourists from
Mussorrie and Nainital.
Uttaranchal Tourism Minister, Shri T.P.S. Rawat said a Rs.58 crore
scheme to improve infrastructure in these places had been prepared
and the state tourism department had sought Rs.30 crore assistance
from the 12th Finance Commission.
The Khirsu-Landowne and the Pithoragarh-Munsiyari circuits were prominent
among the new destination being focused upon. The tourism department
had also put forward a proposal to develop the char dham yatra
circuit costing Rs.180 crore before the commission.
Uttaranchal to set up film board
The Uttaranchal government is to set up a film board to give a boost
to the film industry in the state, Information Minister Ms. Indira
Hridayesh said in Dehradun on September 03, 2003.
The board would comprise members who were involved in the film trade.
The state government had also prepared a new film policy.
A directory of places in Uttaranchal where film and television serials
could be shot was also being prepared.
Uttaranchal plans software park
The Uttaranchal government will set up a software development park
in the Sahastradhara area, near Dehradun.
park is being developed on the lines of the Manesar software park
in Haryana. The state government was also planning to set up a software
technology park in the state capital.
Rs.55 crore complex in Srinagar soon
The Srinagar Development Authority plans to set up a self-financed
Rs.55 crore commercial complex near the state road transport corporation
The Rs.9 crore first phase of the project is expected to be completed
in two years according to Shri Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Vice Chairman
of the authority.
The project complex will house, apart from shops and offices, a haat,
crafts bazaar, a multiplex, amusement park, art gallery, auditorium
and parking lot for 600 vehicles.
Rajasthan okays Rs.400 cr proposals
Five large and medium industrial units in the information technology,
entertainment and energy sectors are likely to be set up in three
years at an estimated cost of Rs.400 crore in Rajasthan.
These projects were sanctioned at a meeting of the Board of Infrastructure
Development and Investment Promotion (Bidi), held under the Chairmanship
of Chief Minister, Shri Ashok Gehlot.
To ensure faster development in the communication sector, it had been
decided that companies relating to the cellular, mobile equipment
and towers would not need to obtain permission from different departments.
At the meeting, it was also decided to allot land to Perfexa Solution
Pvt. Ltd. an American company, which had recently opened its office
The company would set up a call centre that would provide employment
to nearly 2,500 people. Land had also been identified for the development
of the Information Technology town in Jaipur.
Rs.7 cr sericulture plan for Himachal
The Central Silk Board has approved a Rs.6.76 crore plan for development
of sericulture in Himachal Pradesh.
This allocation had been made as part of the states share for
implementation of various schemes under the catalytic development
programme for improvement, generation of employment and for
overall development of the seri-culture industry during 10th Plan
is emerging as an important cottage industry in Himachal Pradesh providing
subsidiary employment to farmers and also supplementing their income
by way of rearing silkworms for production of silk-cocoons.
The state government will contribute Rs.85,000 as part of its share
for implementation of these schemes. Farmers will be given help to
adopt seri-culture as a vocation for sustainable livelihood for technology
adoption, productivity improvement and development of other sericulture
Grain supply up in MP
The Madhya Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation has lifted and
supplied 20.8 million quintal of foodgrain under the public distribution
system and other schemes during last fiscal, an increase of 5.5 million
quintal as compared to 2001-2002.
This was possible because of improved transportation and storage arrangements
made by the state government under its policy for grain banks. The
corporation executed agreements with transporters to take foodgrain
to the end points within a time limit.
To ensure safe storage and smooth transportation, the corporation
finalised its own storage policy and made arrangements for adequate
funds at district level for setting up grain banks. This also prevented
any disruption in supply of commodities from the Food Corporation
of India godowns.
Lifting and supply of foodgrain by the corporation was 12.5 million
quintal in 2000-2001, which rose to 15.3 million quintal in 2001-2002.
Nabard sanctions Rs.111 crore loan to TN
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has
sanctioned Rs.111.51 crore to Tamilnadu for system improvement in
power, irrigation, road and bridge under the Rural Infrastructure
Development Fund. The amount was sanctioned recently at the 66th meeting
of the project sanctioning committee of the bank held in New Delhi.
Under the irrigation sector, Rs.44.65 crore had been sanctioned with
a project outlay of Rs.52.93 crore for implementing one medium and
10 minor irrigation works in nine districts.