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Cabinet likely to discuss Mid Term Appraisal tomorrow

india Updated: Jun 09, 2010 21:23 IST

The Cabinet is likely to discuss the Planning Commission's mid-term appraisal of the XI Five-Year Plan (2007-12) on Thursday, in which it scaled down the growth projection for the period from nine per cent to 8.1 per cent.

Sources said that if the mid-term appraisal gets the Cabinet nod, the same would be placed before the National Development Council.

The mid-term appraisal (MTA) was placed before the Full Planning Commission meeting headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 23.

In the MTA document, the commission had scaled down the growth rate for the current Plan to 8.1 per cent from 9 per cent in the wake of the global financial crisis that slowed the pace of economic expansion.

The commission had projected in the MTA that the economy would expand by 8.5 per cent in the current fiscal and rise to 9 per cent in 2011-12.

It is a practice that after getting the full Planning Commission's clearance, the MTA document is placed before the Cabinet and thereafter before the National Development Council (NDC) for final approval.

Headed by the Prime Minister, the full Planning Commission comprises key Cabinet ministers, including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Agriculture and Food Minister Sharad Pawar, Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and all the full-time members of the plan panel.

The Commission had set an average annual growth target of 9 per cent for the Eleventh Plan -- beginning with 8.5 per cent in the first year and closing with 10 per cent in the last year of the Plan period.

The MTA document said the economy-exceeded expectations in the first year of the Eleventh Plan (2007-08) with a growth rate of 9 per cent, but the momentum was interrupted in 2008-09 because of the global financial crisis.

Following the global meltdown, the growth rate slipped to 6.7 per cent in 2008-09 from over nine per cent in the preceding three years. Thereafter, the growth recovered to 7.4 per cent last fiscal.

Buoyed by the recovery since the last meeting of the full Planning Commission in September 1, 2009, the document had said, "The economy would be well positioned for transition to a growth rate higher than 9 per cent in the Twelvth Plan period."

In order to achieve a high growth rate, the commission suggested the government should focus on fiscal consolidation and maintain an investor-supportive economic environment.