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New Delhi, April 19, 2011
The annual plan of Goa for 2011-12 was finalised at Rs 3,320 crore at a meeting here today between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and state Chief Minister Digambar Kamat.
During the discussions, Mr Ahluwalia complimented the state for outstanding performance and pointed out that its social sector indicators were much better than the national average.
He noted that appreciable effort had been made to involve the private sector in development of infrastructure. He said the state had mmense potential in promoting tourism and allied sectors. It should encourage private participation in modernization of IT and transport sectors, he said.
Mr Ahluwalia said that increased emphasis was needed to make development more inclusive. Thrust of agriculture and allied areas should be towards the sectors’ contributions to the State Domestic product, which is coming down. Efforts to integrate achievements in science and technology with the development strategy were appreciated.
Mr Kamat said the thrust of planning was to make the benefits of development reach the un-reachable and further improve social infrastructure through involvement of private sector. He said focus would be on improving education and health care and also greater emphasis on development of tourism related infrastructure.
He said that, to promote tourism, the state government plans to strengthen advance beach management system and increase security of the tourists by appointing security guards.