The Fifth Plan has fixed a GDP growth target of 8.5 per
cent against the previous plan target of seven per cent,
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the Planning
Commission, said here.
plan would focus on education, health, water supply and
infrastructure development, he said while addressing a
two-day conference of chief ministers and administrators
of Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
said the draft plan stresses the need to increase expenditure
on development and expansion of services and facilities
in education, health, water supply and infrastructure
allocation for drought-hit areas, rural road development
and electrification, agriculture and agro-processing,
irrigation and adivasi welfare should be increased, Ahluwalia
draft Plan also focuses on strengthening government machinery
and making it efficient, transparent and responsive for
implementation of the schemes, he said.
chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, meanwhile, demanded
a substantial hike in the allocation of Central funds
to the state. He pointed out that the state had to face
drought in the first three years of the Tenth Plan and
floods in the fourth year.
he said, "Maharashtra''s state gross domestic product
(SGDP) has been increasing at around 8 to 8.5 per cent
during the Tenth Five-Year Plan. We want to go a notch
further and achieve double-digit growth which will help
the country to achieve a growth of around 8.5 per cent."