Narendra Modi takes crowdsourcing route on ideas to replace Plan panel

Aug 20 2014, 11:59 IST
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Narendra Modi sought suggestions from the public on the contours of the institution proposed to replace the Planning Commission. Reuters Narendra Modi sought suggestions from the public on the contours of the institution proposed to replace the Planning Commission. Reuters
SummaryPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought suggestions from the public on the contours...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought suggestions from the public on the contours of the institution proposed to replace the Planning Commission.

“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,” the Prime Minister said in a Twitter post, inviting public participation in the rebuilding of the body.

Simultaneously, the government announced creation of a special open forum on the website mygov.nic.in for suggestions on the new institution. It said, “The Prime Minister has invited ideas from people on what shape the new institution to replace the Planning Commission can take.”

Addressing the nation on the Independence Day, Modi had said that the Planning Commission, a vestige of the socialist era, would be soon replaced with a new institution to address the current economic challenges and strengthen the federal structure. “We need a new body with a new soul...We will have to think about giving a new shape to the Planning Commission... Very soon this new institute will start working in place of Planning Commission,” Modi had said.

He had said that it was set up to cater to the needs of earlier times and has participated in its own way in the development of the country.

“The internal situation of the country has changed, global environment has changed. Government is no longer the centre of economic development. Economy is much more broadbased now, the Prime Minister said. State governments are also a centre of development, which he said was a good sign. If India has to move forward, then states will have to be in the board, he added.

Justifying the need to replace the Commission, Modi had said, “Sometime it becomes necessary to repair a house. It costs a lot of money. But it does not give us satisfaction. Then we feel it is better to make a new house.”

Special forum on mygov.nic.in

The government announced creation of a special open forum on the website mygov.nic.in for suggestions on the new institution

Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on Independence Day, Modi had said that the 64-year old Planning Commission, a vestige of socialist era, would be soon replaced with a new institution to address the current economic challenges and strengthen the federal structure

He had said that it was set up to cater to the needs of earlier times and has participated in its own

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