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Natarajan, Maken protest 12th plan, write to Montek Singh

Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 19, 2012
First Published: 00:03 IST(19/9/2012) | Last Updated: 23:06 IST(20/9/2012)

After health minister Gulam Nabi Azad, planning commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia has to face dissent from environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan and sports minister Ajay Maken.

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Both of them have written to Ahluwalia protesting against the 12th-five year plan document approved at the full planning commission meeting on Saturday headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Natarajan is apparently unhappy over prescription of domestic mitigation targets for global warming causing carbon dioxide emissions.

India has always opposed any mitigation targets for developing countries in international climate change negotiations and inclusion of such targets in 12th plan would have diluted country’s international stand.

Taking up the issue with Ahluwalia, Natarajan had apparently said that the plan document will constrain India’s space in its international negotiating strategy. She also asked the deputy chairperson to remove all references to Indian stand on negotiations from the plan document.

Ahluwalia has, however, replied to her concerns but the controversial portions were part of the document approved.

Sports minister Ajay Maken concern was that 12th plan allocation for his ministry will jeopardize the target to win around 25 medals in 2020 Olympics.

In the immediate future, the plan allocation of Rs. 6,648 crore, which is 15 % less as compared to 11th plan, will mean discontinuation of certain initiatives aimed at improving India performance in 2016 Rio Olympics.

Maken on Monday wrote to Ahluwalia protesting against the meager allocations and sought a revision.

Panel has already decided to remove the sections objected by Azad, especially reference to consultation with Health Ministry as a “peer review”.  But, on concerns raised by Natarajan and Maken Ahluwalia has assured to consider them sympathetically.


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