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Prime Minister to meet PlanComm members Wednesday

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 17:49

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet the full-time members of the Planning Commission on Wednesday to take stock of the economy and progress of development works undertaken during the UPA regime.

Singh in his last meeting at Yojana Bhawan as Chairman of the Commission will also use the occasion as an opportunity to respond to the concerns raised by the opposition in the past about the UPA government's steps to boost economic growth and to contain price rise.

Singh in the last meeting with Commission members, is expected to be briefed by the members about the work done by the UPA government during the ten-year period.

All of them are expected to make presentations to apprise Singh about the performance of the government in the past one decade of UPA regime.

The term of the members of the Planning Commission is co-terminus with that of the Prime Minister and they would be submitting their resignations once the new government is formed after the ongoing general elections, next month.

Besides deputy chairman of the Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the members of panel are B K Chaturvedi, Saumitra Chaudhuri, Syeda Hameed, Narendra Jadhav, Abhijit Sen, Mihir Shah, K Kasturirangan and Arun Maira. Minister of State for Planning Rajeev Shukla is also expected to attend the meeting.

The objective of the meeting is to use members? hands on knowledge of economic affairs of different sectors and put across the message about the state of economy to the new government.

Ahluwalia will apprise the Prime Minister about the country?s energy scenario besides explaining him about the broad economic situation of the country.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of economic situation ever since the global financial crisis triggered by collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

According to the advanced estimates of Central Statistics Office (CSO), the economy is estimated to grow at 4.9 percent in 2013-14 compared to 4.5 percent in the previous fiscal.

First Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 17:49
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