New Delhi: In what could be seen as good tidings for national capital, the Planning Commission approved Delhi’s annual plan outlay of Rs 15,133 crore for the fiscal 2011-2012, which is 32.75 percent more than last year’s allocation of Rs 11,400 crore. Rs 14,200 crore has been earmarked for the state plan outlay while Rs 933 crore for the public sectors.

The decision was taken by the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a meeting held here on Wednesday.
Giving thumbs up to the development of Delhi’s infrastructure, Ahluwalia lavished praise on the Delhi government.

“The Delhi government has done commendable work in the field of social welfare, skills development, women empowerment and scholarship distribution,” Ahluwalia said.
He said that one of the major challenges before the Delhi government is to ensure water supply in the capital and laid emphasis on improvement in water distribution, rain water harvesting and sewerage system.

Ahluwalia also suggested that the government must plan out a cost-effective estimated programme for the smooth water supply in the next 10 years.

The Commission on the initiative of Delhi CM granted Rs 200 crore for the water and transport sector, Rs 100 crore for SC / ST / Minorities Welfare and Rs 100 crore for Municipal Corporation to improve the health and education sector.

Sheila Dikshit informed that the Planning Commission has appreciated Delhi Government's commitment to use more money for social services.

JPN/Bureau