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The government today said it has proposed an increase of over 124 percent in Gross Budgetary Support for Central Plan in the 12th Plan period (2012-17), over the previous five year period.
An increase of 132.12 percent is projected for the Central Sector and Centrally Sponsored Schemes in the 12th Plan at Rs 27.11 lakh crore, versus realisation of Rs 11.68 lakh crore in the 11th Plan, he said. Central Assistance to State Plan is projected to increase by 103.53 percent at Rs 8.57 lakh crore, over realisation of Rs 4.21 lakh crore in the previous Plan.
Shukla said the National Development Council (NDC) has approved the draft 12th Five Year Plan. The plan aims at achieving 8 percent average growth rate during 2012-17. "The Plan has identified high employment generating labour intensive industries such as textile, food processing, leather goods, gems and jewellery. It aims at generating 50 million non-farm work opportunities during the Plan," he said.
It emphasises on creation of appropriate skill sets among the rural migrant and urban poor to make growth inclusive, the minister said. Replying to a separate question, Shukla said that ending gender based inequities, discrimination and violence is an overriding priority in the 12th Plan. "The Plan endeavours to provide nurturing, protective and safe environment for women to facilitate their entry into public spaces," he said.
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