Planning Commission member for accelerating development pace in HP

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Shimla, Sep 26 (UNI) Planning Commission member Syeda Hameed today lauded the Himachal Pradesh government for incurring an expenditure of Rs 2,017 crore as against an outlay of Rs 1,860 crore in rural development, irrigation and flood control sectors, but said still more needed to be done.

Presiding over a review committee meeting of the progress in the current annual plan at Chandigarh, she said the pace of the development has to be accelerated, especially in the rural development, irrigation and flood control.

Ms Hameed also stressed the need to take more steps by the state for empowering women and improving their socio-economic conditions.

State Chief Secretary Ravi Dhingra, who was also present on the occasion, urged the Planning Commission to extend support for the hydro power schemes as they were important for the long-term financial health of the state.

He also asked for a separate central assistance package for meeting the infrastructure needs of transport and tourism sectors as this could not be met by normal plan ceilings.

Mr Dhingra sought funding for a gravity water supply scheme for Shimla and for the accelerated rural water supply and irrigation schemes.

Observing that more than 100 per cent targets under 20 point programme had been achieved, he said the state had obtained number one rank in the country under poverty reduction.

Referring to the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in four districts, he said it needs to be extended to all the remaining eight other districts of the state.

UNI

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