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Why is India better off without Planning Commission?


Planning Commission

Planning Commission

  • Planning commission is an advisory body with wide budgetary powers where members are appointed without any specific criteria.
  • Deputy Chairman of the planning commission holds the rank of a cabinet minister without being subject to any parliamentary control unlike the other ministers of cabinet.
  • There is overlapping of functions with other specialized agencies like Finance Commission, National Development Council. (for instance preparation of reports)
  • Dominant status of private players now, unlike the time when the commission was set up and a huge amount of gross investment came from solely government sources.
  • While allocating funds at ground level, Planning Commission often overlook the requirements and concerns of the local area or people.
  • There is an unscientific distinction between plan and non-plan expenditure used by the commission.

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