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Tag: Planning Commission

The Planning Commission and federal transfers
Antra Bhatt Hakhu
Posted on: 20 Nov 2014

A key function of the Planning Commission was to allocate financial assistance from the centre to the states in support of the five-year plan. In view of the impending replacement of the Planning Commission, Antra Bhatt Hakhu analyses the nature of federal transfers – both by the Planning Commission and the Finance Commission – during 1990-2010 to derive lessons for the body that will be allocating plan transfers going forward.
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Building a new house, returning to an original foundation
Jessica Seddon , T. N. Srinivasan
Posted on: 05 Nov 2014

Most commentators in the Planning Commission debate believe that the new body should be some form of national think-tank focusing on the technical function of formulating an economy-wide strategic vision. In this article, Seddon and Srinivasan argue that the choice of strategic vision is political as well as technical, and make a case for a strengthened Inter-State Council to succeed the Commission and perform both roles.
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In lieu of the Planning Commission: Part V
Ashwini Kulkarni
Posted on: 09 Oct 2014

In this post, Ashwini Kulkarni, who works with the NGO Pragati Abhiyan in the state of Maharashtra, provides her perspective on some of the issues involved in replacing the Planning Commission. In her view, an institution such as the Planning Commission that is outside of the government ministries but committed to the government, has an important crosscutting role and should be given a statutory status.
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In lieu of the Planning Commission: Part IV
Pronab Sen
Posted on: 30 Sep 2014

In this post, Pronab Sen – former Principal Adviser, Planning Commission of India – provides his perspective on some of the issues involved in replacing the Planning Commission. In his view, none of the functions that were performed by the Planning Commission are entirely dispensable for any central government in a federal democratic system; the issue is the manner in which they are performed and who performs them.
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In lieu of the Planning Commission: Part III
Sunil Jain
Posted on: 25 Sep 2014

In this post, Sunil Jain – Managing Editor, Financial Express – provides his perspective on some of the issues involved in replacing the Planning Commission. In his view, the new body should focus on providing advice on policy issues, and undertaking neutral assessment of government policies in the long run. It should not be involved in allocation of funds across levels of government.
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In lieu of the Planning Commission: Part II
Chandrajit Banerjee
Posted on: 19 Sep 2014

In this post, Chandrajit Banerjee - Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) - provides his perspective on some of the issues involved in replacing the Planning Commission. In his view, Five Year Plans can be dispensed with, while the function of fund allocation across levels of government and ministries can be undertaken by the Ministry of Finance. He suggests having a group of private sector advisors that can provide feedback to the new body.
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In lieu of the Planning Commission: Part I
Pranab Bardhan
Posted on: 11 Sep 2014

The Indian government plans to replace the Planning Commission with a more contemporary think tank. Over the next few weeks, we will present views of experts from various stakeholder groups – private sector, civil society, academia, media and the government – on what should be the character and functions of the new body.

In this post, Pranab Bardhan – Professor of Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley – provides a perspective on some of the issues involved in replacing the Planning Commission. In his view, several functions that were performed by the Planning Commission can now be located in other existing bodies. He outlines the functions that the new body should perform and contends that it needs to be more than just a think tank.

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The future of economic planning in India
Pronab Sen
Posted on: 09 Sep 2014

Economic planning has been a central tenet of India’s development strategy since independence. In this article, Pronab Sen – former Principal Adviser to the Planning Commission of India – presents his views on the criticisms leveled against Indian planning from time to time, and reflects upon the continuing utility of planning in the future.
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The new plan body must have a certain oomph
Abhijit Banerjee
Posted on: 21 Aug 2014

PM Modi has announced that his government plans to scrap the six-decade old Planning Commission and replace it with a more contemporary think tank. In this article, Abhijit Banerjee outlines the various functions that the Planning Commission has served over the years, and presents his view on the type of alternative that may be able to fit the role.
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