What does the Planning Commission do?

What does the Planning Commission do?
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First Published: Wed, Jun 10 2009. 10 53 PM IST

Updated: Wed, Jun 10 2009. 10 53 PM IST
New Delhi: Last week, the newly elected government of India reconstituted the Planning Commission and reappointed Montek Singh Ahluwalia as its deputy chairman.
The Planning Commission plays an important role in the process of formulating the annual budget and the government’s Five Year Plans.
On Just to Clarify, we look at exactly how the Planning Commission goes about this process. Who makes up the Planning Commission? What are the primary tasks before the Commission in its mandate? What are the factors under consideration when it sets about writing a Five Year Plan? What are the constraints involved in formulating this plan?
Our guest on the show is Dr. Pronab Sen, who assumed charge as chief statistician of India in February 2007. Prior to this, Dr. Sen was principal adviser to the Planning Commission of India, and he served with the Commission for 12 years. His specialization includes development economics and public finance.
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First Published: Wed, Jun 10 2009. 10 53 PM IST