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Highlights of Central Plan 2003-2004



Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojana

- 4900 crore rupees provided for the scheme. The objective of the scheme is to provide additional wage employment in rural areas as also food security. It envisages distribution of foodgrains @ 5 Kg per manday to the worker as part of the wages. The programme will be implemented through District and Block Panchayat and the Village Panchayat.

Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana

- 800 crore rupees provided for Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana which is a holistic self-employment programme with the objective of establishing a large number of micro-enterprises in rural areas. Activity clusters and group approach are the two key components of the programme. At least 50% of the swarozgaris will be SC/ST, 40% women and 3% disabled.

Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana

- 2325 crore rupees provided for Pradhan Mandri Gram Sadak Yojana with the objective of providing connectivity to unconnected rural habitations through good all weather roads.

Rural Housing

- 1900 crore rupees provided for rural housing for rural poor to be built by themselves.


Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme

- 2585 crore rupees provided to supplement the States in their effort to provide safe drinking water to all rural habitations.

Rural Sanitation

- 165 crore rupees provided for rural sanitation is for Tribal Sanitation Campaign in selected districts to be decided by the States.


Integrated Wastelands Development Programme

- 401 crore rupees provided for additional 11 lakh hectares to be taken up for development on watershed basis through people’s participation.

Drought Prone Areas Programme

- 295 crore rupees provided for additional areas covering about 13 lakh hectares.

Desert Development Programme

- 215 crore rupees provided for an additional area covering 8.50 lakh hectares.


- 315 crore rupees provided for Crop Insurance Scheme.

- 700 crore rupees provided for Macro-management in agriculture.

- 82 crore rupees provided for On-farm Water Management Scheme.

- 134 crore rupees provided for Technology Mission in Horticulture in North Eastern Region, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttaranchal.


- 116.15 lakh tonnes of Nitrogenous fertilizer production targeted.

- 48.19 lakh tonnes of phosphatic fertilizer production targeted.


- 350.05 million tonnes of coal production targeted.

- 20.90 million tonnes of lignite production targeted.


- 1951 crore rupees provided for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. It is meant for implementation of universal elementary education in a mission mode with a clear district focus to provide quality elementary education to children of the age group of 6-14 years. Special focus will be on girls, children belonging to SC/ST communities, urban slum dwellers and low female literacy blocks.

- 1175 crore rupees provided for national programme of nutritional support to Primary Education.

- 1200 crore rupees provided for District Primary Education Project.

- 233 crore rupees provided for Adult Education.


- 470 crore rupees provided for the development and promotion of Information Technology.


- 245 crore rupees provided for National Malaria Eradication programme, including Kala-Azar.

- 74 crore rupees provided for National Leprosy Control Programme.

- 225 crore rupees provided for National AIDS control Programme.

- 115 crore rupees provided for Tuberculosis Control Programme.

- 86 crore rupees provided for Blindness Control Programme.

- 55 crore rupees provided for National Cancer Control Programme.


- 1993 crore rupees provided for investment in National Highway Authority of India which has been entrusted with the construction of "Golden Quadrilateral" and North-South and East-West corridors.

- 100 crore rupees provided for roads of economic and Inter-State importance.


- 545.55 billion units generation targeted.

- 24000 villages to be electrified.


- 20050 wagons, 1760 coaches, 274 EMUs, 85 Diesel locos and 69 Electric locos to be added.

- 3850 kilometers of track renewal.

- 350 route kilometers of electrification.

- 775 route kilometers of gauge conversion.

- 225 kilometers new lines to be added.

- 340 route kilometers of doubling.


To instal -

- 64.11 lakh direct exchange lines by BSNL & MTNL, including WLL and cellular connections.

- 69.00 lakh switching capacity by BSNL & MTNL.

- 11.08 lakh lines of Trunk Automatic Exchange capacity by BSNL & MTNL.

- 55,000 route kilometers of Optical Fibre Cable Net work.


- 152 crore rupees provided for Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana to assist educated unemployed youth.

- 191 crore rupees provided for Rural Employment Generation Programme to generate additional employment in the rural industries/sector through development of Khadi and Village Industries.


- 17.61 million tonnes of production of saleable steel by SAIL, RINL and TISCO targeted.


- 260 crore rupees provided for Post Matric Scholarships for SC students by which about 19.26 lakh students are likely to benefit during 2003-2004.

- 377 crore rupees provided towards Special Central Assistance for Special Component Plan by which about 3.77 lakh Scheduled Caste families are likely to benefit during 2003-2004.


- 1000 villages proposed to be electrified.

- 40,000 Solar cookers to be installed in remote and far flung areas.

- 478.5 MW power generation capacity to be added from renewables.


- 497 crore rupees provided towards Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Plan Areas for the benefit of Scheduled Tribe families.

- 300 crore rupees provided for creating critical infrastructure in the Tribal Areas to bring them at par with developed areas.

- 56 crore rupees provided for Post Matric Scholarships for Scheduled Tribe students by which about 4.5 lakh students are likely to be benefited during 2003-04.


- 172.80 crore rupees provided for Credit Guarantee Fund for SSI to provide collateral free loan to SSI Sector.


- 880 crore rupees provided for Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) in Delhi.


- 215 crore rupees provided for Multi Disciplinary Research in Science and Technology Programme under the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC).

- 150 crore rupees is provided for creation of a Pharmaceutical R&D Support Fund.


To open -

- 900 Panchayat Sanchar Sewa Kendras

                       - 200       Branch Post Offices.

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