Pune: District Planning Committee Approves Rs 1128.84 Crore Draft Plan, Check Details Here

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Pune, 10th January 2024: The District Planning Committee meeting, chaired by Deputy Chief Minister and District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar, concluded with the approval of a draft plan amounting to Rs 1,128.84 crore. The meeting discussed the allocation of funds for various schemes and projects for the fiscal year 2024-25.

Co-operation Minister Dilip Walse Patil, Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil, Deputy Speaker of Legislative Council Dr. Neelam Gorhe, and Additional Chief Secretary General Administration Department Nitin Gadre were present at the meeting. The draft plan allocated Rs 948 crores under the General District Annual Plan, Rs 135 crores under the Scheduled Caste Scheme, and Rs 45.84 crores for various development initiatives.

General Plan Allocations:
– Rural Development and Public Facilities: Rs. 125 crores
– Civic Facilities Strengthening: Rs. 141 crores
– Health Facilities: Rs. 51.16 crores
– Road Development: Rs. 105 crores
– Non-conventional Energy and Energy Development: Rs. 95 crores
– Tourism Development: Rs. 53.44 crores
– Green Maharashtra: Rs. 62 crores
– Women and Children Empowerment: Rs. 28.44 crores
– Dynamic Administration: Rs. 75.84 crores
– Skillful Employment Creation: Rs. 16.65 crores
– Educational Infrastructure: Rs. 47.40 crores
– Sports Talent Development: Rs. 30.20 crores
– Innovation Scheme: Rs. 41.86 crores

The meeting highlighted that 83.72 percent of the funds allocated under the general scheme for the year 2023-24 have been spent. Pune district leads in administrative recognition and disbursed funds in the state. Scheduled Caste Scheme has utilized 12.80 percent, and Tribal Scheme has utilized 52.95 percent of the allocated funds.

The district administration indicated that an additional Rs. 369 crores are required for 2024-25 to meet the demands of various systems.

In a discussion about the development of pilgrimage sites like Pandharpur, Dehu, Alandi, and Bhandara, Deputy Chief Minister Pawar emphasized the need to submit a proposal for the Bhandara Hill Pilgrimage’s development. He directed the initiation of the tender process for Malojiraje fort conservation and prompt submission of the district development plan.

Deputy Chief Minister’s Instructions

– Allocation Reservation: Emphasized 3 percent for women and child development, 5 percent for school education and sports, 3 percent for the home department, 5 percent for the revenue department, 3 percent for fort conservation, and 5 percent for innovative schemes.
– Economic Goals: Aimed at achieving a state economy of 1 trillion dollars by 2027.
– Industry Focus: Urged special attention to bringing industries to Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad areas.
– Education and Innovation: Advocated creating better facilities in Zilla Parishad schools, encouraging interest in science and technology, and funding talented students for NASA and ISRO visits.

Additional Initiatives and Funds

– Solar Power Generation: To ensure rural street lights remain operational, explore solar power generation and collaborate with MSEDCL.
– School Facilities: Improve Zilla Parishad schools through corporate social responsibility fund.
– Compound Wall: Allocate funds for the PWD ground wall at Chinchwad.
– Overall Development: Assured more funds for the district’s overall development.

Committee’s Response

Members of the District Planning Committee, MLAs, and other officials presented various topics related to tourism, pilgrimage development, police facilities, industrial areas, road development, rural infrastructure, and more. The meeting concluded with discussions on various developmental challenges and future plans.