PMO asks Plan panel to do away with regional consultations

PMO asks Plan panel to do away with regional consultations

New Delhi: To expedite the process for formulation of the 11th Plan, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the Planning Commission to do away with regional consultations with the state chief ministers.

In a communication to the Planning Commission, PMO has said the Approach Paper to the Plan was prepared in consultation with them, and further deliberations with the state governments may be dispensed with.

In the usual course, the plan document is finalized after regional consultations, which take place at six centres, with the chief ministers of states in that particular region and the deputy chairman and members of the Planning Commission.

As directed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the commission is required to finalize the 11th Plan document for consideration by the Cabinet and the full Plan panel during the first week of November.

The government is proposing to hold National Development Council (NDC) meeting on 9 December to approve the 11th Plan, which seeks to accelerate economic growth to 9% from 7.2% achieved in the previous Plan.

Among other things, the 11th Plan would focus on agriculture with a view to arresting declining productivity, and increase the farm sector growth rate to 4% from about 2.8% recorded in the previous Plan.

The Plan would also focus on the education sector with the overall objective of substantially increasing the enrollment ratio during the Plan period—2007-12.