Shillong, April 12: The meeting between the Meghalaya government and the Planning Commission to finalise the annual plan size for the year 2011-12 will be held in New Delhi next week.
Additional chief secretary B.K. Dev Varma today said the meeting had been slated for April 19 and 20.
A team of senior officials, led by chief minister Mukul Sangma, will be meeting the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and his team to finalise the annual plan size.
The state government has proposed an annual plan size of Rs 2,727 crore for the current financial year.
During 2010-11, a plan of Rs 2,230 crore was sanctioned by the Planning Commission for Meghalaya, which included an amount of Rs 400 crore for special plan assistance, Rs 100 crore for special central assistance, Rs 90.55 crore for the externally aided project component and Rs 60 crore for the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development loan.
The Planning Commission will, however, release funds under the annual plan allocation based on the utilisation capacity of the state.
In 2007-2008, though the Planning Commission had approved an annual plan size of Rs 1,120 crore, funds released was only Rs 984.06 crore which was as per the spending capacity of the state.
In 2008-09, the approved plan size was Rs 1,400 crore but only Rs 1,386.95 crore was released. In 2009-2010, the approved plan outlay was Rs 2,100 crore, but the Planning Commission released Rs 1,417.86 crore.
The commission had appreciated the state government’s initiative to augment people’s livelihood through programmes like the Meghalaya Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme.