Thiruvananthapuram: In an unprecedented move to turn the Union budget to the state’s advantage, department-level committees, headed by the concerned secretaries, will be formed to work on Jaitley’s proposals and prepare a follow-up plans. The finer aspects of development programmes mentioned in general terms in Jaitley's budget like the creation of 100 cities or the price stabilization scheme are expected to be ready before Independence Day.
The proposal to form committees to assess and act on the proposals has been mooted by the Planning Board.
“The State Planning Board has listed out areas in the Central budget which are of interest to the state,” Planning Board vice chairman K.M. Chandrasekhar said in an exclusive interview to DC.
“After consideration at a full Board meeting, the Board will recommend to the government that each department should form a committee, headed by the concerned secretary, to work on the budget announcements,” he said.
The vice chairman said that the state should be ready with concrete proposals once the budget details were worked out by the central ministries and communicated to the states.