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Scrapping of the Planning Commission- Discuss

Introduction of planning commission:
This commission came into existence on March 1950.This is quasi-political body of government of India. At 1950 a resolution of government of India has been passed in pursuance of declared objective of the government to promote a rapid rise in the standard of living of the people by efficient exploitation of the resources of the country, increasing production and offering opportunities to all for employment in the service of the community. Initially this step was taken by Sri Jawaharlal Nehru and he was also a first chairman of the planning commission. The planning commission is responsible for making assessment of all resources of the country and formulating plans for the most effective and balanced utilization of resources and determining priorities.

The first five year plan was launched in 1951 and two subsequent five years plans were formulated till 1965.For the first eight plans the emphasis was on a growing public sector with massive investments in the basic and heavy industries. Now it has become less pronounced and the current thinking on planning commission is that it should be scraped as per current Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi.

Scrapping of the planning commission:
It is shameful that today we are thinking of scrapping, planning commission. I am in total disagreement with Sri Narendra Modi, it is a body which has taken to this country on development path, and this has been greatly diluted by the congress government by putting retired IAS officers. We should realize that tax payers money in the form of plan investment must go with proper thinking by exports other than the ministry concerned or the state. Planning commission is working as a third party for our decisions. Developmental work can be achieved if a common platform is there which decides inter sectoral growth with domain expert within one roof. It is necessary to reinforce the commission with expert not generalists. A report prepared by the Independent Evaluation office(IEO),headed by Ajay Chhibber has recommended that the planning commission be scrapped and replaced with a more dynamic organization that is more connected to the time and populistic. The decision is mainly viewed of extreme hatredness of Modi against Nehru. Modi Ji view in this commission is "sometimes it becomes necessary to repair a house, it cost a lot of money but it does not give us satisfaction. Then we feel it's better to make a new house". According to me the context is not building the house. You are going to do the same things with little modification but objective must be same. So why do you need to scrap the commission, it is expected that the nation will benefit from the new commission which said to based on Public-Private partnership modal and state level participation. Modi sir you are modifying the modal but your context is only proper use of resources and developing the nation. The same modal is also having with planning commission just we need to modify it and give proper roadmap that is all we need. I am afraid of its abolishment because any new modal will take some time to stabilize its actual role but in current scenario we do not have time for research so it's better to test a new modal through planning commission and remaining work also go parallelly. Such a place where review of policies and programs are done will end and the move will be dangerous for the country. The first of all is what happens to the ongoing 12th year plan. will this plan which is adopted by the National Development council(NDC) that compares not only the center but also the states, including Gujarat, be junked or to be allowed to run its course of action till 2017. The 12th plan is ideological, NDC approved, growth policy document with inclusion and sustainability as its pillar, the center cannot on its own decide to junk it. Second, since the indications are that the role of making plan allocations to states for development spending will be transferred to the finance ministry, there are likely to be the implications of this for India's federal system.

I strongly opposing to the scrape of planning commission.

Anil Kumar Yadav

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