Planning Comm approve Rs 9,000 crore plan outlay for Assam

Guwahati, Jun 14 (PTI) The Planning Commission today approved a Rs 9,000 crore plan outlay for Assam for the financial year 2011-12. The plan outlay of the state was finalized after a meeting between Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at New Delhi today, official sources said here. The last annual plan for the state was fixed at Rs 7,645 crore. Gogoi said the state government has given major thrust to education, human resource development, capacity building and skill development to generate more employment opportunities, strengthening of health care facilities, rural development, rural marketing, power generation and transmission during 2010-11. Special focus would be given to the agriculture sector and that new schemes were being introduced to popularise better technologies in farming, he said. Ahluwalia lauded the state's performance in the agriculture sector and the improvement in the health and education sectors. He urged the state government to put in more efforts to reduce infant mortality and maternal mortality rates.