Plan com wants your ideas for its next five-year-plan

Will launch a portal for citizens to voice concerns, suggest steps and help form the 12th five-year-plan


Samir Sachdeva | August 10, 2010

This could be the Planning Commission's best move till date - an online portal where citizens will get to help mould the 12th five-year-plan.

Speaking at the National Conference on Public Governance here on Tuesday, the commission's deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia, stressed the need for participatory democracy.

He expressed hope that the portal will strengthen citizen participation. "We will be putting our ideas for the plan online and will be expecting responses, discussions and ideas from people," he  said.

On the issue of inflation-control measures, he said that subsidies could not be seen as one because offering subsidies on a sector might bring some relief from inflationary pressure - but it will specific to that particular sector only, jacking up the pressure on others.

However, he was optimistic about the wholesale price index to slip to 6 by this December.

He also spoke of the mixed results states have had overall with centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS) with some of them doing exceedingly well while others did not fare very well. He assured handholding by the centre if states were to ask for help.

Infosys chief mentor and outgoing chairperson N R Narayana Murthy, also present, chose to subtly rebuke US senator Charles Schumer for his "chop shop" comment about Infosys.

On the sidelines of the conference, Murthy said that comments should follow fact gathering and analysis, "quite like it is done at Infosys."

He advocated extending the ambit of the RTI to bring listed companies under its purview, while highlighting the need for corporate as well as government transparency in good governance. Murthy also said that the bureaucrats and legislators need to be brought on a par with corporate personnel as far as salaries go.

On the issue of government accountability, he said that there should be special courts for corruption cases against bureaucrats and netas where cases were resolved within three months.



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