New Delhi: Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday opposed the move to do away with the Planning Commission, saying it is a "national spirit" that must be continued.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki described the plan panel as a single window for small states to air grievances on issues like regional aspirations and centre-state disputes.
Addressing a meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss future of the Planning Commission, he said to understand the specific and peculiar requirements of the hill/ tribal/ special categories states and to ride on their strengths towards the shared goal of developing them- an institution of the magnitude of Planning Commission is sine qua non (essential or indispensable element).
Tuki said the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had set forth to chart out the development of the nation and for doing so, he envisioned an institution, with fresh ideas and spirit of accommodation for all, especially the weak and marginalised sections of the society.
He said the Planning Commission has had a national consensus and appeal for the last 60 years being an organisation propelling the socio-economic growth of India.
"I firmly believe that this spirit of national consensus must continue.We can safely give credit to the Planning Commission for all the achievements in the plan sector of the nation," he said.
The Chief Minister said the body has been undertaking three tasks - drawing blueprint of the nation's perspective development plans in the form of five year plans, entails the allocation of resources to states in the form of annual plan and formulation of policies and programmes, assessment of schemes of the Ministries.
These three broad functions in unison provide the space to the Planning Commission to have a holistic visualisation and implementation of development initiatives of Government.
"Any other Ministry- even the Finance Ministry, will not have this temperament and therefore doing away with the Planning Commission will deprive this important aspect of development planning," he said.