ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Struggling Forward

in every department, the establishment of a 'long-term planning unit' in every department and, the entrusting of maintenance and operations of large services and programmes to autonomous organisations. The Committee recommended a management cell because the Organisation and Methods Divisions had failed. Now the new management cells are supposed to include men with experience in scientific management of private sector enterprises. The British parallel holds for India in that, here, too, Organisation and Methods have degenerated into a ritual, and management cells have been partially staffed with persons with a background of management in private sector enterprises. This might well mean a change for the better in the procedures and machinery of governmental administration. On the other hand, given our present national planning outfit in the form of the Planning Commission, there would seem to be little room for such long-term planning cells within the Ministries themselves. Yet we do need to set the existing machinery on a more efficient basis so that, the Planning Commission is not lost in clearing detailed schemes and proposals, but is engaged in grasping long-term trends and potential, and in evaluating past and current policies and programmes. It can then be left to the departments in the Ministries to formulate schemes and proposals in view of the long-term policies. There is a great deal of scopefor improvement in this aspect of planning.

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