Nation Needs Planning Commission Says Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday (November 19) said that the country’s economic policy has “no sense of direction” after the Modi government decided to scrap the Planning Commission. Singh also dismissed as “malicious” propaganda that no development had taken place during previous Congress regimes. “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, known as the architect of economic reforms in the country, said. He was speaking at the inauguration of 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.

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