ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Planning from the Base

SO FAR the States have been without a separate planning machinery, and such planning as they have is generally part of a department such as the Finance Department Their perfunctory exercises in planning passed muster for two reasons. First, the State Governments were constituted of the same party as that at the Centre. They could, thus, accommodate themselves in the same envelope or super-structure without much inconvenience on either side. Strains developed, no doubt, between the Centre and the States and within the States too, but they could be handled as intra-party matters. Second, the States receive a substantial portion of their funds from the Centre and, even if they had a will of their own. their dependence on the Centre would not have left them free to assert it. The States are responsible for half of the Plan expenditure, but their revenues give them much less than half of the financial resources needed to execute programmes.

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