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

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PLANNING-Realism and Platitudes A Fine Line

PLANNING is to be given a fresh fillip. That sounds very reasonable. All serious economies, particularly those that have been described as free market paragons (Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), take the business of planning very seriously. Planning in its simplest form is a mechanism for looking forward and no organisation or country can afford to ignore the future. Primacy of agricultural and rural development, promotion of employment and delivery of social services constitute the vision of the new government. Again a very reasonable set of goals. When L C Jain, a new member of the Planning Commission, furrowed his brow on a recent television programme and spoke with controlled anger on the deplorable state of female literacy, it was easy to sec his point of view. Most would agree with him that a literate woman is more valuable to the economy than a Maruti car. Few are likely to contest such wisdom though many may be inclined to be cynical about it.

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