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11th Plan panel departs from convention

The Planning Commission has this time sent the draft Approach Paper of the 11th Five Year Plan to the PM first.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 11:47 IST

Departing from convention, the Planning Commission has sent the draft Approach Paper of the 11th Five Year Plan to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh first for approval.

The norm so far has been that the Paper is approved by the Internal Planning Commission (IPC), which is then discussed at the meeting of the full Planning Commission chaired by the Prime Minister. It is then sent for Cabinet approval prior to being placed before the National Development Council, which has to clear it for implementation.

The Prime Minister's response is expected this week, a Commission official told PTI.

Furthermore, to ensure national consensus and proper implementation of programmes to be envisaged during the next Plan period, the Commission plans to send the Paper to all state Chief Ministers and Central Ministries and Departments for their feedback and suggestions.

"This is being done to see that there is national consensus on the issues and steps to be taken to achieve all round growth and development," a Commission official said.

Regional consultations would also be held by the Commission on the Paper and other issues of relevance to the different regions so that they are included in the final Plan document.

Once these are complete the IPC would meet again to finalise the Paper. Deputy Chairman of the Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia expects the meeting of the NDC to be held by mid August to clear the Approach Paper.