THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state Cabinet on Wednesday approved the gross plan outlay of Rs30,534.17 crore and state plan outlay of Rs24,000 crore for 2016-17. The Central assistance for the fiscal is Rs6,534.17 crore.
The Planning Board meeting on December 21 had approved the outlay and submitted for Cabinet’s approval. Of the Rs24,000 state plan outlay, Rs5,500 crore is for local self-governments with Rs500 crore as additional plan assistance. This is 24.43 percent of the plan outlay excluding Rs1,485 crore assistance to the State Electricity Board.
Rs2,354.30 crore is allocated for special component projects. Of this, Rs1,315.50 crore is for Scheduled Castes Development Department and Rs1,038.90 crore to local self-governments. The share for scheduled castes is 9.81 per cent of the outlay which is above their proportion in the total population as per 2011 census. Rs5,32.80 crore was allocated for the scheduled tribe sub-plan which is 2.22 per cent of the outlay. There is also a Rs150 crore additional assistance for the sub-plan. The total allocation for the scheduled tribes is Rs682.80 crore which is 2.85 per cent of the total outlay. This is 1.45 per cent above their proportion in the total population.
Rs2,536.07 crore, which is 10.75 per cent of the total outlay, has been allocated for infrastructure development projects. The major projects under the head are mega food park, Palakkad, defence park, Ottapalam, petrochemical park, Kochi, electronics hardware park, Kochi, international container terminal, Vizhinjam, Kannur airport, Kochi Metro, light metros in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, mobility hub, suburban railway service, construction of bypasses, integrated inland navigation projects, Bakel airstrip, Transgrid 2.0, land acquisition for major projects and annuity scheme of the National Games.