Deputy chair to plan panel likely to be named on Sunday

Recast speculation gain ground after minister’s remark on streamlining the body

seema

Seema Sindhu | July 16, 2014 | New Delhi



Prime minister Narendra Modi is likely to recast the planning commission on July 20, after his return from the BRICS summit on July 17, sources have indicated. However, it could not be verified why a Sunday has been chosen for the purpose.

An official said the PM might name only the deputy chairman (DCH) of the plan panel and the rest of the team would be announced later on in consultation with the DCH.

Several names have been doing rounds for the post of DCH, including former union ministers Arun Shourie, Suresh Prabhu and former RBI governor Bimal Jalan.

Minister of state for planning Rao Inderjit Singh, meanwhile, commented on his Facebook account on Tuesday: “As far as the role of the planning commission is concerned, it needs to be made more streamlined. The states should not take this institution as a hindrance.”

Singh’s comment gives weight to the speculation that the Modi government intends to curtain the role of the body, turning it into an advisory body or a think tank. In that case, it could have a mandate of facilitating policy making and drafting five-year plans – without any say in state annual plans and budgetary allocations to various ministries. 

Comments

 

Other News

70 words that define India, why Doklam stand-off won’t lead to a war, and more

As India celebrates 70 years of freedom, Governance Now looks back and picks 70 words – or phrases, buzzwords, slogans, events – that best define this ancient nation and young democracy. Here, you will find much to be proud of, much tinged with pangs of nostalgia. Then there are entries that

A dose of PPP in healthcare is what the doctor recommends

Dr Kenneth E Thorpe, a professor of health policy and management at Emory University in the US and also the executive director of Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases (PFCD), says that the government alone cannot do everything. “They don’t have the resources and capacity. So we have to fin

EESL signs MoU with oil companies for energy saving appliances

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of PSUs of ministry of power, signed an agreement with oil marketing companies (OMCs) of ministry of petroleum and natural gas for distribution of energy efficient appliances under the flagship Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and applianc

Jammu airport’s upgraded terminal building inaugurated

Union minister for civil aviation, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu airport.   Notably, Jammu airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, and airports authority of India (AAI) maintains a civil enclave for civil aircraft operat

Election Commission shows it has spine

The election commission has become increasingly assertive in the past few months, showing its mettle in times of electoral challenges.   Weeks after rooting from EVMs and just days after the poll panel declared votes cast by two rebel Congress legislators in the Rajya Sabha e

Is Amit Shah`s blueprint for 350-plus seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections achievable?

Is Amit Shah`s blueprint for 350-plus seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections achievable?



Video

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter