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Govt may unveil new Planning body before winter session

New Delhi: The Government is likely to unveil the structure of the new official think tank that would replace the Planning Commission before the forthcoming winter session of Parliament in November.“The government may form the

PTI [ Updated: October 26, 2014 15:26 IST ]
govt may unveil new planning body before winter session
govt may unveil new planning body before winter session

New Delhi: The Government is likely to unveil the structure of the new official think tank that would replace the Planning Commission before the forthcoming winter session of Parliament in November.

“The government may form the new body to replace Planning Commission before the winter session,” a source said.

The Members of Parliament, he said, would obviously enquire about the status of replacement of the Commission which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort.

In order to maintain continuity in this regard, the government has shifted the responsibility of determining the annual Plan spending from the Commission to the Finance Ministry.

Recently, the Finance Ministry had asked all ministries and departments to submit their Plan spending estimate for 2015-16 directly to it.

As per the earlier practice, the Central ministries as well as states used to send their annual Plan outlay proposals to the Commission for vetting.

After evaluating the budget proposals of the ministries and states, the quantum of Plan outlay was jointly finalised by the Commission and the Finance Ministry.

Besides negotiating the Play outlay of Central ministries and states with the Finance Ministry, the Commission has been evaluating various Cabinet proposals of different ministries, including big infrastructure projects.

The Commission also has the responsibility to draft five-year plans which are approved by the National Development Council headed by the Prime Minister with Cabinet ministers and chief ministers on its board.

Meanwhile, according to information available, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh would meet on Monday to decide on the schedule of winter session.

However, the source said that the session is expected to begin from November 24.

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