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PM Invites Ideas From People on New Plan Body

Taking a step further towards scrapping the Planning Commission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited ideas from the people on the new institution to replace the plan body.

The government also announced creation of a special open forum on the website mygov.Nic.In for suggestions on the new institution.

"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 statement.

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 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.

"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.

"State government is also a centre of development. I feel it is a good sign. If we have to take India forward, then states have to be taken forward," the Prime Minister had said.

Justifying the need to replace the Commission, he 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."

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5/D-125
Aug 19, 2014
07:14 PM

124 @ Pinaki s Ray
I did hit a like.

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
4/D-124
Aug 19, 2014
06:54 PM
This is funny. Why didn't Modi first invite the people for their ideas on whether to wind up the Planning Commission ? And now people should decide what to do ? And what, if they say that they want the Planning Commission ? This is a ridiculous farce in governance.
Pinaki S Ray, Adelaide
3/D-112
Aug 19, 2014
04:42 PM

@ Comunalist - "Destroy long standing institutions first, and then scratch your heads on what to do next."

1. The planning commission was a moribund institution, a relic from the days of Nehruvian socialism when there was shortage of everything and we used to go around with begging bowl in hand. It outlived its usefulness decades ago.

2. There is a road map for the future and India voted for Modi because they believed in his vision. Inviting ideas shows a receptivity to new ideas , a refreshing departure from the top down Chacha Nehru/Indiramma/Soniajee-knows-best-what-is- good-for-+you approach.

Democracy does not end with voting, it is about involving people in the decision making process.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
2/D-83
Aug 19, 2014
12:39 PM

Nice. Destroy long standing institutions first, and then scratch your heads on what to do next.

communalist, mumbai
1/D-76
Aug 19, 2014
12:08 PM

Dont reserve seats for Women.

Make it merit based.

Misogynist, Chennai
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