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Jharkhand annual plan 2011-12 finalized


April 11, 2011 - New Delhi

The annual plan for Jharkhand for the year 2011-12 was finalized at a meeting, here today, between Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda.

Plan size for the current year was agreed at Rs.15,300 crores.

In his comments on the pace of development and inclusiveness of the schemes, Ahluwalia said that the Planning Commission was fully aware of prevailing circumstances and efforts of the state government.

He said that new initiatives including integrated action plan would greatly benefit the state.

He also said that public private partnership would have to further encouraged in the development of both physical and social infrastructure as huge funds would be needed during the 12th plan for this purpose.

The sex ratio of the state is 941, which are higher than the national average of 933.

The literacy rate of the state is 54.13 per cent compared to the all India average of 65.37 per cent, while the female literacy rate is 38.87 per cent (All India 53.67 per cent).

According to the estimates, the Gross Domestic Product of the state during 2004-05 to 2009-10 increased from Rs.59,766 crore to Rs.79,663 crore at the constant (2004-05) prices.

The per capita NSDP at constant (2004-05) prices increased from Rs.18,512 in 2004-05 to Rs.22,780 in 2009-10.

The contribution of the primary sector declined from 19.26 per cent in 2002-03 to 12.20 percent in 2008-09.

The secondary sector's contribution to NSDP has increased from 38.87 per cent in 2002-03 to 44.12 percent in 2008-09.

Munda pointed out that despite abundant natural resources, 54 per cent people are still living below poverty line.

He said the state was facing challenge to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and shortage in drinking water facilities.

He said there has been increase in the per capita income during the last few years, but the fact is that more than 15 percent of this income is coming from mining related activities, which employs only 2.25 percent of the population.

Munda said that around 60 percent of the state's population is engaged in agriculture related activities but the sector contributes around 13 percent of state GDP.

He said service sector would continue to get top priority in the development strategy and around 43 per cent of outlay will be earmarked for the sector. Next in priority would be transport with 14 percent and rural development would get 11 per cent.

ANI

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