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The 3 volumes of the documents for the 12th Five Year Plan, 2012-17 have been released by the government. A brief on the documents is as follows:

1. Volume I: Faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth

The document consists of 11 chapters describing the broad vision and aspirations which the Twelfth Plan seeks to fulfil, as it aims to reverse deceleration in growth and targets a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 8.2 per cent.

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This document presents the strategy for short term and long term development of minerals

This report by Planning Commission is an outcome of the study the output levels of various mineral industries. It brings out the present status and projections for demand and supply of various mineral based industries, come up with strategy both short term and long term for the development of minerals.

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This article includes the details of working group reports related to water, agriculture and environment by the Government of India

The Twelfth Five Year Plan of the Government of India commences during the year 2012-13. This plan has been developed following the recommendations of a number of Working Groups covering 26 different areas. All the reports, as well as the composition of the working groups and steering committees are available online on the Planning Commission website .

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This is the report on “Sustainable Groundwater Management” by the Working Group set up by the Planning Commission as a part of the process to prepare the 12th Five Year Plan.

The existing methodology of groundwater resources assessment is appropriate and suitable for country-wide groundwater resources estimation, considering the present status of database available with the Central and State agencies.

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Water and environmental issues are also critical to sustained and high quality urbanization, the report says.

This draft report by the Planning Commission, which presents an approach to the twelfth five year plan among other things outlines some of the challenges related to agriculture, natural resources management and water resources management. The concerns related to water resources management discussed at length in the report have been summarized below -

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For long-term sustainability of the rural water supply schemes under the Mission, it is imperative to design State-specific plans of action, the study says.

This evaluation study report by the Programme Evaluation Organisation, Planning Commission attempts to document the major achievements in rural water services under Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission. It does so by assessing the extent of coverage and access to improved services in the rural areas.

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This Interim Report of the Expert Group of Planning Commission on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth provides a menu of options that can reduce India’s emission intensity over the time frame.

CoverSome policy measures implied by various options have also been indicated. The main sectors examined in the report are power, transport, industry, buildings and forestry.

Increased concentrations of Green House Gases (GHGs) and the overall warming of the atmosphere has resulted in changing rainfall patterns, disruption in hydrological cycles, melting of ice caps and glaciers, rise in sea levels, and increase in frequency and intensity of extreme events such as heavy precipitation and cyclonic activities.

These have in turn had serious impact on sustainability of water resources, agriculture, forests and ecosystems, affecting the well being of billions of people on earth. Widespread melting of glaciers and snow cover will reduce melt water from major mountain ranges (e.g. Hindu Kush, Himalaya, Andes) where more than one billion people currently live.

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This position paper by the National Rainfed Area Authority attempts to address the challenges of food security through analysis of the present trend of growth in production, procurement and safe storage of different foodgrain crops

CoverThe paper also discusses  their future potential and possible impact on national food security of diversification into non-PDS, fruits, vegetables and other commercial crops. This kind of analysis is likely to help planners and policy makers in choosing appropriate policy framework in evolving the strategies for enacting and operationalization of Food Security Act.

With increase in population, income and urbanization, the demand for food grains has also increased and diversified. Although there has been more than four-fold increase in food grain production from 1950-51 (50.82 mt) to 2008-09 (233.88 mt), a large section of our population continues to suffer from malnutrition and inadequacy of food grains. On the other hand degradation of land, water and other natural resources have started impacting production through increased biotic and abiotic stresses.

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Planning Commission has recently revised the composition of the Working Group on Rural Domestic Water & Sanitation for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2012-2017).


A copy of the revised composition order is enclosed.

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The report is a country-level report on the assessment of drinking water supply and sanitation in India as part of collaborative exercise between the Planning Commission of India, WHO, and UNICEF

This country-level report on the assessment of drinking water supply and sanitation in India is the result of a collaborative exercise between the Planning Commission of India, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as part of a joint monitoring programme for the sector.

The report seeks to -

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