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Sukhu govt proposes Rs  9524 Cr annual plan size for FY 2023-24

Shimla, Feb 1

Newly formed Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu government is trying to take footsteps of their predecessor Jai Ram Thakur as they have fixed the annual development plan size at Rs. 9523.82 Cr for the year 2023-24 compared to Rs 9524 Cr of the  previous government.

Chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu announced this development plan while interacting with members of Assembly in a MLA priority meeting at state secrtariat here today.

“For making the state financially strong, unnecessary expenses have to be curtailed by taking some stringent measures and the legislators should also keep in mind the future challenges and place the developmental priorities accordingly to give shape to the proposed annual estimated budget plans of Rs. 9523.82 crore for the year 2023-24, said Chief Minister.

He said that the need of the hour was to maintain financial discipline in letter and spirit. To confine state plan size on the line of previous government Chief minister blamed  his predecessor for the financial mess up.

“We have inherited the debt burden of Rs. 75000 crore from the previous Government, besides liabilities of around Rs. 11000 crore and  he hope, that the suggestions and deliberations, on this platform will revolve around the present financial situation of the State and further help deciding the future course of action to ensure equitable development with the available resources”, Sukhu emphasized.

However treading cautiously within the fiscal constraints and consolidation the CM displayed concern that to keep developing the State should confine for becoming a green State and reduce carbon emission, adopting  a special policy for running electrical vehicles in a phased manner in the State.

Special focus was being laid to develop tourism in a big way by providing wayside amenities, electric charging stations, security etc to the visitors, said the CM. The upcoming budget of the government will decide the fiscal directions for the next five years, on which the schemes of the government would be targeted.

He also said that a time limit of seven days has been fixed for notifying the tenders and it will be ensured that they were further awarded within 20 days. He asked NABARD to sanction the amount as per Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted.

Directions were issued to the officers of PWD and Jal Shakti departments to fruitfully utilise the remaining budget of Rs. 962 crore of the financial year 2022-23 and asked to submit the reimbursement claims to NABARD office before 15th March, 2023.

He directed the administrative secretaries, Heads of the Departments and Deputy Commissioners to be generous towards the grievances of the people and also take action to resolve the demands and complaints raised by legislators.

He also directed for time bound disposal of the formalities like DPRs, timely forest clearances etc as proposed by the MLAs. He said that the concerned Deputy Commissioners and concerned departments will also review the priorities at their level every month and submit the report to the Government.


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