Plan panel to hear views of five states on 12th 5-year plan



Patna: Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Sunday said that the plan panel would hear the views of five participating states on the 12th five-year plan at the two-day meeting beginning here on Monday.

"The Planning Commission will hear the views of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa ahead of finalization of the 12th five-year plan", Ahluwalia told reporters at the Jai Prakash Narayan Airport here on his arrival from New Delhi.

On the demand being made by the Bihar Government for according it a special status to give thrust to development, Ahluwalia said that the issue was not Bihar-centric as several states were demanding special packages from the Centre.

Ahluwalia refused to comment on a question whether the special status demand would be discussed during the two-day conclave to discuss the approach paper for the 12th plan.

PTI