Plan Comm worked as control commission, replace it, says IEO

Tags: News
Amid a debate over relevance of Planning Commission, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) has said it was acting as a "control commission" and should be replaced by a 'reforms and solution body'.

The IEO, which was set up by the government in November 2010, from February this year began independently assessing the effectiveness of government programmes and institutional policies. It submitted the assessment report on Planning Commission to Prime Minister earlier this month.

"An assessment of the Planning Commission by the Independent Evaluation Office has found that the plan body exceeds the scope of its authority by acting as a control commission, particularly its influence on the allocation of funds to the state governments.

"Since the Planning Commission has defied attempts to reform it to bring it in line with the needs of a modern economy and the trend of empowering the States, it is proposed that the Planning Commission be replaced," IEO said in its assessment.

IEO recommended that Planning Commission's role as an allocator of resources to the States should be taken up by the Finance Commission and the allocation of resources amongst the Central Ministries should be carried out by the Finance Ministry.

The assessment sent to the Prime Minister recommended that a new think tank be set up with experts of domain knowledge to replace the plan body.

"It is clear that the Planning Commission in its current form and function is a hindrance not a help to India's development. In my experience it is not easy to reform such a large ossified body and it would be better to replace it with a new body that is needed to assist states in ideas, to provide long term thinking and to help cross cutting reforms" said IEO's Director General Ajay Chhibber, while releasing the report to the public.

As per the assessment, the opaqueness in the functioning of the Planning Commission is a matter of concern considering its role as a major allocator of resources to states and central ministries.

Post new comment

E-mail ID will not be published
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

EDITORIAL OF THE DAY

  • Sebi must not be lax in weeding out mutual fund houses

    Last May, capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) amended the Sebi (mutual funds) regulations, 1996, directing all fund

FC NEWSLETTER

Stay informed on our latest news!

INTERVIEWS

GV Nageswara Rao

MD & CEO, IDBI Federal Life

Timothy Moe

Goldman Sachs

Chander Mohan Sethi

CMD, Reckitt Benckiser India

COLUMNIST

Arun Nigavekar

New model for effective education

After interacting with students and teaching community on a ...

Rajgopal Nidamboor

Let the spirit of sport pervade everyday life

Sport, like meditation, is nothing short of a spiritual act. ...

Shona Adhikari

Pop art is truly a feast for the eyes

The internationally reknowned Bruno Art Group’s presence in India had ...

INTERVIEWS

William D. Green

Chairman & CEO, Accenture