Governor Reviews Preparation of Annual Plan 2015-16

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        JAMMU: In a meeting with the Principal Secretary, Planning, Mr. B.R. Sharma, held at the Raj Bhavan today, the Governor, Mr. N.N. Vohra, reviewed the formulation status of Annual Plan for 2015-16.

The Governor was informed that, consequent to his earlier discussions with the Principal Secretary Finance, the exercise of holding discussions with the various State Government Departments regarding formulation of Annual Plan 2015-16 has since been completed. In this context, the Governor recalled the discussions held in the first meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog, which he had attended recently, and urged  Mr. Sharma to expedite the process of finalizing the Annual Plan for its timely approval by the Government. The Governor advised that, if it becomes necessary, papers for securing a Vote on Account should also be kept ready.

Mr. Sharma apprised the Governor that the Planning Department has since largely completed the action due at its end to avail balance funding under the Special Plan Assistance during 2014-15. The Governor desired him to personally pursue the matter with NITI Aayog and the Department of Expenditure, Government of India, for early release of the balance share due to the State Government.

The Raj Bhavan Spokesperson disclosed that the Governor had met the Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley on 30th January and, thereafter, a team of officers led by the Principal Secretary, Finance, had held meetings with senior officers of the Union Ministry of Finance to follow up on the decisions taken in the Governor’s meeting with the Finance Minister.