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

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NEW DELHI-Alibi for Inaction

NEW DELHI Alibi for Inaction THE results of Yojana Bhavan's much- publicised and protracted exercises to reappraise the Fourth Plan had become outdated by the time they were concluded. The 14-day war and its aftermath had rendered them of little value as guides to action. Of the two bulky documents prepared by the Planning Commission, only one, dealing with plan performance in the first two years of the plan period (mainly an arithmetical exercise giving Fourth Plan targets and what had been achieved in relation to them), could therefore be placed before the two Houses of Parliament. The second document, which had attempted to outline the outlook for the remaining period of the I Ian and could have been regarded as a basis for decision making and plan implementation in the coming two years, was withdrawn. It had not taken account of the new factors in the situation created by the war. Naturally, Parliament was not terribly excited by what had been presented to it by the Planning Minister; in the Upper House, Members did not even want the Minister of State for Planning to read the statement presenting the document since, they felt, it did not say anything worthwhile.

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