The Approach Paper to the Tenth Five Year Plan aims at stepping up the growth rate of GDP to eight percent per annum over the Plan period 2002-2007. It also proposes to establish specific monitorable targets covering economic, social and environmental dimensions of human development. These include targets on reduction in poverty ratio, access to primary education, raising literacy rate, decline in infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate, raising employment growth rate, improving coverage of villages in terms of access to potable drinking water, reducing gender gaps in literacy and wage rates, cleaning of major polluted river stretches, increase in forest cover and reducing the decadal population growth rate. The Tenth Plan envisages a State wise break up of growth and other monitorable targets to build up requisite focus for reducing regional disparities in social and economic attainments. It proposes to integrate growth with equity and social justice. This would involve making agriculture development a core element of the Plan. It involves bringing about rapid growth in sectors with high quality employment opportunities. It also envisages restructuring of targeted programmes, emphasising cross sectoral synergies, for special groups. The underlying strategy for the attainment of Plan targets is contingent on our ability to increase investment rate in the economy to 30-32 percent, increase the productivity of existing capital assets, undertaking second generation policy reforms with a view to improving the efficiency of new investment; and devise instrumentalities to facilitate and encourage a deepening and broadening of the agenda for reforms across the States.
“The Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007) is to be launched on 1.4.2002. The Approach paper to the Tenth Plan was approved by the NDC on 1-9-2001. The Approach paper envisages stepping up the growth rate of Gross Domestic Product to 8 per cent per annum over the Plan period. It has also established...
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