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Planning Commission to involve people in planning process

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Will hold two-day regional consultations to take issues and suggestions


NEW DELHI: Aiming to “democratise the planning process”, the Planning Commission got together this past weekend to figure out ways for involving the people in the process of planning and identifying the challenges for the 12 {+t} {+h} Five Year Plan and beyond.

At the end of the three-day “retreat” held in the Capital, the Commission agreed on bringing in those very people in the process for whom planning is meant by organising regional consultations with the States and civil society organisations at the regional level, receiving suggestions from all and sundry on its interactive website, and, importantly, identifying the critical areas which could pose a challenge in the coming years.

“It is for the first time that we have created an environment for people's participation in the planning exercise, not only for the 12 {+t} {+h} Plan between 2012 and 2017 but for the next 30 years,” Planning Commission Member Syeda Hamid told The Hindu.

The Planning Commission Members will hold five two-day regional consultations across the country to take on board the issues and suggestions made by the State administrations and civil society groups.

The Commission has already been in touch with NGOs from all sectors since October 1.

During the three days, the Planning Commission members worked on several issues like governance, citizens' expectations and land and environment and so on, and the factors which impact these issues. Then commonalities in every sector were identified.

“There were 40 overlaps or challenges which were then condensed to 15. These are the major challenges the Planning Commission will have to address in the coming years. These include improving the quality of public service, decentralising governance, governance reforms in infrastructure and employment-led growth and striking a balance between economic growth and environment,” Ms. Hamid said. The approach paper to the 12 {+t} {+h} Plan will be finalised by March or April next year before it is placed before the National Development Council for approval.

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