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December 29, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Plan priorities

The Planning Commission has decided upon a reordering of plan priorities and reallocation of resources.

By: Editorial |
December 29, 2021 4:50:50 am
The government is also committed to increase the allocation in some other core areas like steel and cement if imports are to be cut.

The Planning Commission has decided upon a reordering of plan priorities and reallocation of resources. In taking this decision, the commission had in view the demands of the areas for higher financial allocation — petroleum exploration and power generation. The sixth plan provides for an indigenous crude production of only 2.6 million tonnes by the last year of the Sixth Plan. Recently, while seeking the massive IMF loan, the government had assured a crude production of 30 million tonnes by the end of the plan period. This called for an increase in the allocation for this sector. The government is also committed to increase the allocation in some other core areas like steel and cement if imports are to be cut.

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