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

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PLANNING- A New Approach to State Planning

CONFRONTED with new decisions' of the governments in India, anyone cursed with a moderately good memory has an unmistakable feeling that he has heard it all before. The reports of the Conference of State Planning Ministers held in New Delhi on April 4 produced in this correspondent a flash-back to the early seventies. The Planning Commission of C Subra- maniam, S Chakravarty and B S Minhas had then discovered the imperative need for strengthening the state-level machinery for planning and implementation. Multi-level planning was introduced in the terminology and a unit for this purpose and a monitoring cell were set up in Yojana Bhavan. Other points made in public discourse were the need to strengthen technical expertise, to use outside consultants, to interest universities and academic institutions in 'the planning process' and other such measures to make planning 'broad-based'. The Union Planning Commission offered to share 50 per cent of the additional cost of strengthening the state planning machinery and bemoaned the tact that the states, unlike the Centre, had not shown interest in the professionalisation of planning.

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