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

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NEW DELHI- Approach Paper or Congress(I) Manifesto

NEW DELHI Approach Paper or Congress(I) Manifesto? BM THE meeting of the National Development Council to consider the Approach Paper on the Seventh Plan was caught in the whirlpool of politics and the purpose for which if was ostensibly covened was lost in the process. The walk-out by four Chief Ministers from the meeting did not deter the Prime Ministers and her loyal Chief Ministers from adopting the Approach. The whole show was. however, so crudely managed that whatever little credibility the planning exercise still retained has been now totally lost. It is really pointless in these circumstances to give much attention to the Approach Paper as such or make an effort to probe its technical virtuosity and operational feasibility and value. The walk out of the four Chief Ministers not only highlights the break-down of anything like a national consensus on planning and the plans which is a basic imperative for the planned development effort to be meaningful and effective. It emphasises even more the growing and sharpening of authoritarian trends in political management on the part of the ruling leadership at the Centre and its determination to ride roughshod over all opposition, arrogantly brushing aside all dissent and questioning of its ways and doings from any and all quarters. The ruling Establishment is not willing to abide by any norm which will put any constraint on its use and misuse of power in order to perpetuate its rule, devoid of any wider national or social purpose.

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