Revamp planning body
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.