New Delhi: It has commissioned 12 five-year plans and six annual plans involving fund outlays of over Rs 200 lakh crore in its 65-year-history, but the fabled Planning Commission is itself set to be history as the government gears up to replace it with a new-age institution in the new year.
There is a strong sense of apprehension and uncertainty among states like Uttarakhand following the union government`s proposal to wind up the Planning Commission, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said Saturday.
Congress chief ministers Sunday opposed the government's move to replace Planning Commission with a new body while some other non-Bharatiya Janata Party chief ministers left the issue to the government.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday proposed to have a National Economic Development and Improvement Council and councils at the regional level, with larger participation of the states, which could replace the Planning Commission.
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today cautioned against "haste" in restructuring Planning Commission and voiced anguish over the manner in which the meeting was called as if states have "merely to put their stamp" on the Centre's agenda.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, a Congress veteran, on Sunday opposed the move to scrap the Planning Commission, saying replacing it without carefully devising a new structure was likely to do more harm than good.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday lauded the role of Planning Commission in development of hill states and flagged concerns over the proposed move to distribute the planning functions among the Ministry of Finance and respective Ministries saying it would result in loss of perspective and long term view.
Congress on Sunday said dismantling Planning Commission will be "unwarranted, shortsighted and dangerous" as it will have long term adverse effect on Centre-state relations and asserted that the plan panel needed "reorientation" and not "political burial".
Supporting changes in the mandate and functions of the plan panel to suit the needs of states, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Sunday said a constitutionally-formed body can replace the panel which should analyse and distribute funds to the states.
Facing Opposition ire for deciding to skip the customary tea party on eve of Legislature session, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said the meeting called by Prime Minister on Planning Commission was an important event that would benefit his state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Chief Ministers on Sunday to discuss the structure, scope and role of the new body that will replace Planning Commission in the changed economic scenario under the new government.
Plans are afoot for reshaping of the Planning Commission to make it in sync with the changing times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said ahead of his meeting with all Chief Ministers on Sunday on the issue.
The fineprint for setting up a body that will replace Soviet-era Planning Commission is being worked out and it will take a while till when the current set-up will continue its work, the Government told Rajya Sabha on Thursday