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Data Base for the Fifth Plan-Some Critical Gaps

January 12, 1974 thorough Study than Zahir has attempted is required if the redistributive effects of public expenditure are to be properly assessed. As .mentioned earlier, a few items are subjected to some scrutiny in the book, viz, education, health and social services, But the discussion proceeds somewhat tangenti- aily to the main question. Thus at one place there occurs this comment: "A review of educational development programmes during the first three plans reveals that the educational system has not geared itself to meeting the needs of our growing economy which is based on various short and long term social and economic objectives" (p 88). Similarly, for social services, the conclusion is that the effect of such expenditure on income inequalities has been small because the amounts spent, on these services are relatively small. Suggestions for pension and insurance schemes for the aged and the unemployed are not favoured by Zahir because in his view those who can be taxed to raise the resources needed for the purpose are numerically small This remedy is a "more thorough and lnte- grated regulation of public expenditure- so as to achieve desired redistribution of income and wealth", Then follows the inevitable recommendation for "an expert and independent body" to over- see the task.

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