“The Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007) is to be launched on 1.4.2002. The Approach paper to the Tenth Plan was approved by the NDC on 1-9-2001. The Approach paper envisages stepping up the growth rate of Gross Domestic Product to 8 per cent per annum over the Plan period. It has also established specific monitorable targets covering economic, social and environmental dimensions of development. These include :
Monitorable Targets For The Tenth Plan And Beyond
•Reduction of poverty ratio by 5 percentage points by 2007 and by 15 percentage points by 2012; • Providing gainful high-quality employment to the addition to the labour force over the Tenth Plan period; • All children in school by 2003; all children to complete 5 years of schooling by 2007; • Reduction of gender gaps in literacy and wage rates by at least 50% by 2007. • Reduction in the decadal rate of population growth between 2001 and 2011 to 16.2%; • Increase in Literacy rate to 75% within the Plan period; • Reduction of Infant mortality rate (IMR) to 45 per 1000 live births by 2007 and to 28 by 2012; • Reduction of Maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to 2 per 1000 live births by 2007 and to 1 by 2012. • Increase in forest and tree cover to 25% by 2007 and 33% by 2012. • All villages to have sustained access to potable drinking water within the Plan period; • Cleaning of major polluted rivers by 2007 and other notified stretches by 2012.
The Approach Paper to the Plan also envisages making agricultural development as its core element of the Plan, encouraging rapid growth in sectors with high employment opportunities and a restructuring of target programmes to emphasise cross-sectoral synergies for special groups. The Plan places critical responsibility on the Panchayati Raj Institutions, particularly with regard to improving delivery mechanism for poverty alleviation schemes and also improving accountability at the local level in the public provisioning of education and health services. It recognises the serious gaps that are emerging in infrastructure, particularly in power, railways and public investment in irrigation. The 8% growth rate in the Tenth Plan will require an investment level of 32.6% of GDP. This will be financed through increase in domestic savings to 29.8% of GDP...