Karnataka calls for greater flexibility for CSS

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New Delhi, Dec 19 (UNI) Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur today urged the Centre for greater flexibility in the operational guidelines for centrally-sponsored schemes in the context of the thrust of the Eleventh Plan Document being on sectors where the states have a major role to play.

"The state, in turn, will endeavour to take all necessary steps to improve the quality of delivery systems especially at the cutting edge so that well conceived programmes do not suffer on account of poor implementation," he said, while addressing the 54th meeting of the National Development Council.

Mr Thakur said the Eleventh Plan provided a historic opportunity to unleash the productive forces in the economy with the right combination of policies and programmes to achieve sustainable outcomes for the benefit of all sections.

"We believe that there should be emphasis on evaluation and continuous monitoring of all programmes not only to ensure their effective implementation but also achievement of the outcomes for which they were launched. " Mr Thakur called for decisive steps, in the context of the impressive 8-9 per cent economic growth, to consolidate the gains of the past, and take on the challenges of the future.

While calling for corrective actions to strengthen areas that had become weak over the years, such as agriculture and infrastructure, he suggested allocation of significant resources to social sectors such as health and education which are crucial for advancing human development indices and long term sustainable growth.

He said the pro-employment focus of the Plan as an integral component of inclusive growth strategy would go a long way in ensuring a strong positive corelation between employment and population growth in the coming decades.

"This is a critical juncture in India's growth path and needs to be managed adroitly with the right policy prescriptions and action plans," the Governor said.

UNI

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