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Aspects of Fiji Indian History, 1879-1939-A Society in Transition

the Planning Commission. If it is true, it means that the initiative regarding what method of planning the Planning Commission should follow rested outside the Planning Commission and was forced on it. This is indeed a poor reflection on. the Harming Commission. It also means that the political leadership might be looking for the possible and convenient flexibilities to evade their political commitment to the planning process which would further erode the credibility of the Planning Commission, Given the pronouncements of certain dominant sections of the Janata party, this does not seem to be inconceivable. The second possibility interprets the changeover in the method of planning as a counter-move on the part of the Planning Commission to the reported transfer of the annual planning and project appraisal functions to the Finance Ministry. It may be noted that during the process of erosion of planning, these were the two functions which provided regulatory albeit advisory powers to the Planning Commission. If these were taken away from the Planning Commission, it would be reduced to an innocuous institution. Faced with this possible danger the Planning Commission might have reacted to save itself by changeover in the method of planning which would enable it to retain and possibly expand the regulatory powers perhaps in an implicit and indirect manner. If this is true, it is again a sad commentary on the political leadership. They seem to be going through the ritual of reconstituting the institutions without vesting them with political confidence.

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