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

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Planning Process, Planning Commission and Rollover Planning

Introduction THE planning process in India has been under suspended animation since the middle 1960s. The early 1970s saw the ascendancy of reckless populist slogan-mongering without any serious planning efforts. This was continued during the nineteen months of Emergency under the ad hoc and superficial Twenty and Five point programmes which ironically came to dictate the planning process. In more recent times, after the dramatic political changeover in March 1977, the reconstituted Planning Commission was announced under the cloud of the rumour that the Planning Commission was being wound up. Then appeared the news item regarding the reported move "to put the Planning Commission in its place'' by transferring the functions of annual plan formulation and project appraisal from the Planning Commission to the Finance Ministry. This has been followed by the latest and apparently casual announcement of the change in the basic method of planning from the 'fixed' five-year plan to the 'rolling' five-year plan with an annual review period, The piecemeal and often contradictory pronouncements regarding the operational implications of the new method emanating from the Planning Commission have added further to the prevailing confusion regarding the role of the planning process, the role of the Planning Commission and the rollover method of planning. The present paper seeks to raise some substantive issues in this connection and attempts to argue three major points :

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