Abolishing the Planning Commission has been “harmful for the country” and the government’s economic policy is directionless as a result of that move, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday.
“This government’s economic policy has no sense of direction and this is largely because Planning Commission, with all its deficiencies….was a positive dynamic instrument of steering the country’s economy,” Singh, who himself was also a deputy chairman of the plan body between 1985 and 1987, said. He was speaking at a National Convention here organised by the Indian Youth Congress on the occasion of Indira Gandhi’s 98th birth anniversary.
Singh asked his party workers to tell people how government’s decision to abolish the planning body has been “harmful” for the country.
The senior Congress leader said that as Indira Gandhi followed Jawaharlal Nehru’s path of planned development, she always emphasised the need of Planning Commission for a country as diverse as India and one which faced multifarious challenges.
Singh also dubbed as “malicious” the propaganda that nothing was done for the development of the country during the Congress regimes, including those of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
The former Prime Minister asked the Youth Congress and the Seva Dal to work together in reaching out to people as the party faces several state elections followed by the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
[With PTI inputs]