Plan panel initiative to improve governance, fight corruption

New Delhi: At a time when the government is facing plethora of scandals relating to 2G spectrum sale and the Commonwealth Games, the Planning Commission on Wednesday solicited views from the public to improve governance and combat corruption.

People can now submit their suggestions and views on policies and programmes which could be taken up during five-year period ending March 2017, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said while launching a dedicated website for the 12th Plan (2012-17).

"I am expecting people to give their views (on inflation and corruption). I find a lot of people have views on corruption. The issue of corruption becomes very relevant we would like to see what they have to say," Ahluwalia said.

The Commission will be preparing a detailed five-year plan by January-February 2012, he said, adding the web-based consultation process make the whole process more inclusive by allowing different stakeholders to participate in the exercise.

The Congress-led UPA government is under attack from Opposition parties over allegations of corruption relating to allocation of 2G spectrum to telecom companies, mis-management in Commonwealth Games, Adarsh Society scandal and appointment of the Central Vigilance Commissioner.

As part of the preparatory exercise, the Commission formulates an Approach Paper for the Plan. Once the Approach Paper is approved by the Cabinet and the National Development Council, the five-year Plan is drawn.