Re­vamp plan­ning body

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

The de­bate, "Should Plan­ning Com­mis­sion be closed down" (July 1-15, 2014), was bal­anced. The dis­cus­sion dealt with both the pos­si­bil­i­ties: dis­solv­ing the present plan­ning body or re­ju­ve­nat­ing it with young blood. It is im­ma­ture and wrong to say that its mem­bers are a "bunch of jok­ers". The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated in its mam­moth re­spon­si­bil­ity of plan­ning for the en­tire coun­try. The body need not be dis­man­tled; rather, it could be revamped as an ad­vi­sory coun­cil to the Prime Min­is­ter with max­i­mum ac­count­abil­ity and zero po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence. Its mem­bers should com­prise ex­perts from all ar­eas. For quick and ef­fec­tive de­ci­sions on mat­ters of im­por­tance and an in­no­va­tive plan­ning ap­proach, prun­ing of the Com­mis­sion is a must.

K.KAILASA NATHAN

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