Akhilesh to seek more funds for Uttar Pradesh

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav would be meeting Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Wednesday seeking more funds for the development of Uttar Pradesh particularly in the irrigation, health, education and surface transport sectors.

‘The government has set a target to attain 10 per cent terminal growth rate in the 12th Five Year Plan [2012-17]. Therefore, we need central assistance to achieve that goal,’ government spokesman told reporters here on Tuesday.

The UP government has already sent a proposal of Rs 3,61,000 crore to the Centre. In this proposal, the state government has stressed for five per cent growth in the agri-sector, 10 per cent growth rate for dairy development, pisciculture and industrial development.

A team of senior bureaucrats led by Chief Secretary Javed Usmani is already in New Delhi clearing decks for the meeting between CM and Ahluwalia. The bureaucrats had held meeting with different departmental heads and officials of the Planning Commission.Agriculture Production Commissioner Alok ranjan, Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner Anil Kumar Gupta are among the officers who held meeting today.

This is first time in last five years that Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh would hold a meeting with Planning Commission and seek funds. During last BSP regime Mayawati never met Planning Commission officials instead her Finance Minister Lalji Verma used to represent UP Government in these meetings.

The spokesman said that UP government is hopeful to full assistance from Planning commission as UP wants to achieve a growth of 11.2 per cent in industrial sector and 11.9 per cent growth in the service sector.  It is believed that parts of assistance coming from various union government sources had not reached the state coffers on time.
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