PM invites ideas for new body replacing Plan panel

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 20 2014, 06:08am hrs
Amid conjectures over the character of the new body replacing the Planning Commission, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited ideas from people on what shape the new institution should take. "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," Modi said in a statement. A special open forum has been created on the website for suggestions.

FE reported on Monday that the overhauling of the decades old institution was long pending and the previous PM Manmohan Singh attempted certain changes but could not succeed fully.

Experts including many former members of the commission appreciated the need to restructure/replace the commission, while they cautiously welcomed the plan to have a new body, saying what exactly its mandate would be important.

On Independence Day, Modi said within a short period the government will replace the Planning Commission with a new institution having a new design and structure, a new body, a new soul, a new thinking, a new direction, a new faith towards forging a new direction to lead the country based on creative thinking, public-private partnership, optimum utilisation of resou-rces, utilisation of youth power of the nation, to promote the aspirations of states.