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Plan panel veterans to deliberate on its replacement on Aug 26

PTI  New Delhi, August 23, 2014
First Published: 02:02 IST(23/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:17 IST(24/8/2014)

The Planning Commission has called a meeting of its former deputy chief and members on Tuesday to deliberate on the structure of the new body which will replace the 64-year-old institution.
 
"It is correct that they have called a meeting. They have invited me. But I will not be in Delhi so I would send my comments in writing to them," former Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told PTI.
 
The former members, who have been invited to participate in the deliberations, include Abhijit Sen, Arun Maira, B K Chaturvedi, Saumitra Chaudhuri, Syeda Hameed and Narendra Jadhav.
 
Some experts and economists are also likely to attend the meeting.
 
Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on Independence Day, Modi had said that the 64-year-old Planning Commission, a vestige of socialist era, would be soon replaced with a new institution to address the current economic challenges and strengthen the federal structure.
 
"We need a new body with a new soul....We will have to think about giving a new shape to the Planning Commission.... Very soon this new institute will start working in place of the Planning Commission," Modi had said.
 
He had said that it was set up to cater to the needs of earlier times and has participated in its own way in the development of the country.
 
"The internal situation of the country has changed, global environment has changed. Government is no longer the centre of economic development. Economy is much more broadbased now.
 
"State government is also a centre of development. I feel it is a good sign. If we have to take India forward, then states have to be taken forward," the Prime Minister had said.
 
Justifying the need to replace the Commission, he had said: "Sometime it becomes necessary to repair a house. It costs a lot of money. But it does not give us satisfaction.

Then we feel it is better to make a new house." On August 19, the Prime Minister had invited ideas from the people on the new institution to replace the plan body.
 
The government has also announced creation of a special open forum on the website mygov.nic.in for suggestions on the new institution.
 
"We envision the proposed Institution as one that caters to the aspirations of 21st century India and strengthens participation of the States.... Let the ideas flow," the Prime Minister has said in a statement.
 
It said, "The Prime Minister has invited ideas from people on what shape the new institution to replace the Planning Commission can take."


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