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

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Skylark 284 Frere Road Bombay 400 001 Grams Econweekly Editor Krishna Raj Assistant Editors Rajani X Desai, Jawid Lalq Business Manager A Fernandes-Prabhu Editorial Staff Colin de Souze, Ashok Rao, A A Dalvi THE Draft Fifth Plan released this week is, above all, an essay in obfuscation. The attempt to slur over the inconvenient implications of high-falutin goals and objectives is most conspicuous with regard to the proposed reduction of inequalities in consumption during the Plan period. The whole process of the formulation of the Fifth Plan has received inordinate publicity because of the Planning Commission's widely-advertised exercises assuming that the bottom 30 per cent of the population would achieve the minimum desirable level of consumption (of Rs 40.60 per capita per month, in 1972-73 prices) by 1978-79. How little these exercises have actually impinged on the Draft Plan as it emerged needs, therefore, to he exposed.

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