Down to Earth

Era begins without plan

NITI Aayog formally begins its business without a vision or an action plan |

- JITENDRA

Wend of the 12th Five Year Plan on March 31, India’s 65-year tryst with fiveyear economic developmen­t planning has come to an end. In 2014, when the National Democratic Alliance government scrapped the Planning Commission and replaced it with the National Institute of Transformi­ng India (niti) Aayog, it announced that the five-year plan, a top-down planning process, would be replaced with a vision document, which will bring states to act together in national interest, and thereby foster cooperativ­e federalism. But on April 1, when officials reach the newlypaint­ed and renamed office building of niti Aayog in Lutyens’ Delhi, they would be clueless about the task at hand.

“We are neither aware of the timeline of the vision document nor its contents and when it will come into force,” says a niti Aayog member who does not wish to be named. While some niti Aayog officials tell Down To Earth that the vision document would provide a three-year strategy, others speculate that it would cover a period of seven or 10 years.

Former Planning Commission members, who agree with the government’s decision of doing away with the institutio­n, are critical of this void in the planning process. “Developmen­t plans need to be formulated

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