Stressing on the relevance of the Planning Commission, Bihar CM Jeetan Ram Manjhi Sunday questioned the need to dismantle the agency.
“We still believe that the timing and relevance of restructuring the Planning Commission at this juncture is not appropriate as we are in the midst of the 12th Plan period and all of our developmental strategies are committed to this Five-Year Plan,” he said at the meeting of chief ministers.
While Manjhi conceded that the agency has been unable to fulfil its mandate completely, particularly with respect to reducing inter-regional disparities, he said any substantial change in the planning strategy now would create confusion in ongoing developmental programmes and projects.
Manjhi said an appropriate forum for this discussion would have been at a meeting of the National Development Council. “It would have been more fruitful if the alternative structure and modalities that are being proposed could have been circulated beforehand to the states…The manner in which this meeting has been convened… is pointing to the fact that you have already made up your mind on the subject and the states are here, merely to put their stamp on it,” he said.