The department of laws, Panjab University (PU), organised a panel discussion on "reinventing the planning commission: the debate"in the moot court hall of the department on Thursday.
Justice Haripal Verma of Punjab and Haryana high court presided over the function. Ronki Ram, dean arts, Ramanjit Kaur Johal, dean international students, and Gurmail Singh, former chairperson of economics and international students departments, were the panelists.
Former local member of Parliament (MP) Satya Pal Jain chaired the function.
Justice Haripal Verma said that the makers of Indian constitution considered the economic justice as an integral part of the ideals of justice.
"The Planning Commission was an indispensable part of the development history of India's republic after the independence. It was envisioned to seriously reform or restructure India's economic management,"he added.
Justice Haripal Verma emphasised that the commission should be capable of evolving with the needs of the economy, and its actions must be open to public scrutiny.
"The new government has proposed for the scrapping of the Planning Commission and substitute it by a 'think tank' team, which will consist of eminent personalities who can contribute constructively in the development of the country,"he informed, adding that only the time could testify that how this new economic philosophy regarding the development of our federal country would be helpful in achieving the long awaited ideals of economic justice and governance.