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In order to involve the districts more actively in the growth of the Indian economy and to formulate a common development vision starting from the district level, through a participatory mechanism, Union Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has decided to create a District Plan.
The Minister emphasised the need to accelerate growth in the districts to ensure growth at the national level. There is need to create resource based plans, for the districts based on a bottom-up approach and implement the plan by going beyond a silo mindset. An addition of 3 percent growth at the district level will ensure that US$ 5 trillion target for the Indian economy becomes achievable.
The Plan will provide specific interventions taking into account resources, strengths of the districts, sectoral interventions for agriculture including mapping of cropping pattern, industry including MSME and services relevant for the districts, skill development initiatives, ease of doing business, access to credit and convergence of existing efforts in public and private sectors. Active participation of the State governments and district administration will be sought for effective implementation of the plan.
The initiative will begin with 6 districts, including Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Solan in Himachal Pradesh have been selected. The Ministry will form a Steering Committee to oversee creation and implementation of the plan with the Minister for Commerce and Industry, members from different ministries and representatives from the above mentioned states.
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) in the selected States will prepare the plan. An implementation committee is proposed at the district level to ensure implementation of the plan. The district collector/ district magistrate will head the committee.