• The Cabinet approved Planning Commission's proposal to merge all the Centrally sponsored schemes into 66 for their effective implementation and monitoring during the 12th Plan. These include 17 flagship programmes with major outlays for interventions required in many sectors including health, education, irrigation, urban development and infrastructure.
  • After the cabinet meeting Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that a Group of Ministers had recommended merger of these schemes. He said the cabinet has allowed states to modify the central guidelines to suit their requirements. The Cabinet also allowed full flexibility to States to the extent of 10 per cent of the fund allocated to promote innovation at the district level. Mr Ahluwalia said this decision will be implemented from the next financial year as budgetary provision has been made in the current fiscal for 142 schemes.
 
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