PM to Consult CMs on Replacing Plan Panel

A Formidable Task
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to seek the opinion of chief ministers on formation of the new institution which will replace Planning Commission.
  • Modi wants to make states active partners in finalizing the shape and contours of the new body.
  • States’ views are crucial because BJP government has indicated that state representatives are expected to have a dominant role in the new institution.
  • It will also have sectoral experts from private sector and government.
  • With Modi keen on cooperative federalism, an official said some chief ministers could be part of the new body.
  • The step is in the direction of PM’s idea of making states equal partners in growth.
  • Earlier, Planning Commission used to act as an interface between the central government and states.
  • The move came after the BJP government held several consultation with experts, policy makers and analysts after Modi in his maiden Independence Day speech announced scrapping of the Planning Commission, a relic of the Nehru era, and replacing it with a new body.
  • After the announcement, the wings of the commission were clipped as its role was gradually reduced.
  • All major ministries and departments were directed to furnish their plan budget estimates for 2015-16 directly to the finance ministry.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while explaining why he had adopted Jayapur during his speech on Friday, had said it was because of five people of that village died of electrocution.
  • He said he wanted to be with its people in their hour of adversity.
  • But, the five people are alive, having survived that mishap.
  • Nonetheless, the survivors are hardly offended by the PM's faux pas.
  • In fact, one of them, Dimpy, 20, said that she survived because she was destined to see Modi in her village.