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

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NEW DELHI-Selling the Seventh Plan

NEW DELHI Selling the Seventh Plan BM IT is hardly likely or possible in the prevailing political environment when a bitter election campaign is in the offing for a meaningful debate to take place on the Seventh Five- Year Plan with a view to build a national consensus behind it. On the side of government, the very idea of building a national consensus behind the plan is considered 'inconsequential' just as Indira Gandhi dismissed publicly the walk-out of four chief ministers from the National Development Council which afterwards adopted the Approach paper on the Plan, What is being attempted,, therefore, is a campaign actually to sell the Plan by appealing to sectional interests on the basis that the Plan is specifically designed to serve them. This sale campaign is expected to work because the Approach paper is so drawn up that it can be shown to be everything to everybody

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