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12th Plan okayed

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The today approved the draft (2012-2013 to 2016-2017) document, which aims at an average annual GDP growth of 8.2 per cent. The document would now be placed before the . “It is an ambitious plan, having ambitious estimates of resource availability and hopes to expand intervention in critical areas,” Finance Minister said.

OTHER DECISIONS
Infrastructure Debt Funds (IDF): A model tripartite deal has been cleared between the concessionaire, project authorities and IDF. This will facilitate early operationalisation of IDFs.

Law Commission: The 20th Law Commission, set up for three years starting September 1, will examine laws that affect the poor and carry post-audit of socio-economic legislations.

Employment Exchanges: Employment exchanges would be renamed. Private sector employing between 10 and 24 would be brought under the purview of the Act.

Wildlife Protection Act: More power would be given to gram sabhas and panchayats.

Health allowance: Rate of risk allowance, hospital patient care allowance and patient allowance payable to about two lakh central government employees doubled.

Nagoya Protocol: It will enable India stop bio-piracy and join a league of 92 countries. Haldia Petro project: West Bengal’s request to withdraw from Haldia Petrochemical Project has been approved.

Land transfer: Transfer of 200 square meters of government land in Farakka Barage Project to West Bengal.

ITI: Indian Telephone Industries to get Rs 130 crore for salary payments.

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