The NITI Aayog’s mandate has been defined by the government. Surprisingly, the government hasn’t scrapped the ongoing 12th Plan drafted by the now-scrapped Planning Commission. Does this mean the Aayog will be accounatable for how the Plan eventually pans out? If not, will the Centre be assuming responsibility? The decision to transition from the Planning Commission to NITI Aayog may be debatable, but the timing of the transition is outright bad. With the 12th Plan set to expire in 2017, the government would have had to wait for just two years before switching to the Aayog. Meanwhile, it could have just scrapped the Commission’s allocating powers. The present situation just leaves the public with the execution of plan without anyone being accountable for it.
Sumona Pal , Kolkata
Apropos of the column “Grexit will be hard to stop”, it is now almost certain that Greece is not just going to default, but also is going to go bust. It is no secret that the rest of the EU, especially Germany, has already made up its mind to not give any concessions. But this also engenders a thought that does not particularly value the plight of the average Greek. So, does the European Union really mean Europe United?