Dehradun, January 15
Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain said Uttarakhand had made a remarkable progress in various sectors since its formation, significantly in per capita income and the growth rate.

Chief Secretary Jain, addressing a delegation of 26 senior civil service officers from the Nepal government here today, said the difficult geographical condition of Uttarakhand had posed hindrances in infrastructural development and also the Environment and Forest Act affected development projects.
He said nevertheless, the Uttarakhand government's efficient financial management and effective policies had resulted in the growth in the state's Annual Plan. The Central Planning Commission had approved Rs 8,200 crore for Annual Plan 2012-13.
Jain said considering the difficult social, geographical and economic condition of Uttarakhand, the Central Government was approached for allocation of development projects in 90:10 ratio i.e 90 per cent of the expenditure was borne by the Centre and 10 by the state government. He said owing to 65 per cent of land under forest cover, the state faced difficulty in development process. Despite all these, the state had made progress in per capita income, Jain said.

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