Planning Commission approves Rs.16,000 crore for Delhi

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) The Planning Commission Friday raised Delhi's annual plan outlay from Rs.13,229 crore to Rs.16,000 crore -- an increase of 21 percent over last year.

"The Planning Commission has fixed Rs.16,000 crore as the size of 2013-14 Annual Plan outlay for Delhi," Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said here after a meeting with Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

An amount of Rs.626 crore under the public sector unit plan was also approved by the commission which includes Rs.106 cr for Delhi Transco Limited (DTL), Rs.500 crore for Pragati Power Corporation Ltd. (PPCL) and Rs.20 crore for Delhi Financial Corporation (DFC).

Ninety-three percent of the Annual Plan for 2013-14 would be financed through Delhi's own resources.

The chief minister also said that her government would continue to generate its own resources to make Delhi a welfare state. Delhi has been spending 65 percent of its allocation on social sector.

Dikshit stressed upon the need of allocation of due share in lieu of central taxes imposed in Delhi. "Our share has been frozen at Rs.325 crore since 2001-02," the chief minister said.

She also requested the Planning Commission to look into the difficulties being faced by the city government owing to non-commissioning of Munak Canal, delay in completion of peripheral expressways, non-availability of gas for Bawana, and the proposed Bamnauli plant.

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