THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The Cabinet has approved the state’s Plan outlay of Rs 27,686.32 crore for the fiscal year 2015-16. Cultural and Information Minister K C Joseph told a news conference here on Tuesday that the amount include Rs 20,000 crore earmarked for the State Plan. Compared to the current fiscal (2014-15) there has been an increase of 16.66 per cent in the annual plan for 2015-16.
He said Rs 4,800 crore will be the share of local self government bodies. KSEB has been allocated Rs 1,350 crore. If this amount is excluded, the local bodies’ share is 25.74 per cent of the total outlay.
He said corresponding to the population ratio of Scheduled Castes (9.97 per cent), there has been a special component plan of Rs 1,968.5 crore allocated for such communities. Of this. Rs 1,040.92 crore is for the SC Department and Rs 927.58 (47 per cent) for the local bodies.
The Scheduled Tribes’ Plan share is Rs 604.5 crore. Compared to the current fiscal, there is an increase of 34 per cent. Of the Rs 604.4 crore, Rs 465.28 crore will be for the Scheduled Tribes Department and Rs 139.22 crore for the local bodies. Giving thrust to the construction of houses for the Scheduled Tribes, Rs 150 crore has been allocated as additional share.
For coastal development projects, Rs 189.37 crore has been allocated. The high-range development projects have an allocation of Rs 113 crore. Rs 129 crore has been allocated for the packages for Wayanad, Kasargod and Sabarimala, the Minister said.
Vizhinjam port, Kochi Metro, Kannur airport, Suburban rail corridor, Capital Development Authority, Alappuzha-Kollam bypass, CIAL Development Project, Thiruvananthapuram -Kozhikode Mass Rapid Transport System and Industrial Development Zone together got an allocation of Rs 2,000 crore. The Minister said that priority had been given to agriculture, education, public works, port, light houses, scientific research, inland water transport, roads and bridges, IT, and e-governance, water distribution, sanitation, medical care, public health, housing, tourism, Scheduled Caste-Scheduled Tribes development, urban development, labour and labour welfare etc. For the mission for comprehensive employment generation, Rs 25 crore has been earmarked. Students police cadets will get Rs 10 crore. Rs 25 crore is for preparing the ‘Perspective 2030’ to prepare projects in various sectors.