Nath: Plan panel needs to transform itself
Addressing a function here on Tuesday at the release of a book authored by editor of a news channel Raghav Bahl, Nath said, ‘Just like IMF, which has to transform itself, the Commission should transform itself... It is a structural issue.’
The plan panel and the ministry have earlier differed on various issues. Nath had earlier described the panel as an ‘armchair advisor’.
Deputy chairman of plan panel Montek Singh Ahluwalia had countered Nath’s view by pointing out, ‘You cannot run a government only with people who know how to build roads. You have to give them a set of rules...’
While the ministry is keen to build 20 km of highways every day, the plan panel wants it to chase a reasonable target, in line with availability of funds.
‘We will certainly achieve the 20 km-a-day (road construction) target,’ reiterated Nath.
Echoing the sentiments expressed by Nath, the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), M Damodaran, opined ‘the Commission must be wound up.’
Nath had unveiled his ministry's ambitious plan of constructing 35,000 km of highways in five years soon after assuming charge as transport minister last year.
Releasing the book titled ‘Super Power?: The Amazing Ways Between China's Hare and India’s Tortoise’, Nath said,
‘We should not be too critical of ourselves.’ He said India has done a great job in improving rural infrastructure, adding
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