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

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NEW DELHI- The Prime Minister s Priorities

NEW DELHI The Prime Minister's Priorities B M WHAT exactly are Indira Gandhi's and her government's priorities and concerns in the complex and difficult area of economic and social development? The answer to this question will not be found in such exercises as the mid-term appraisal of the Sixth Plan and the correctives that the Planning Commission is proposing in order to moderate the distortions which have appeared because of lags and shortfalls in Plan implementation. It will also not be found in the advice tendered to the Prime Minister by various committees, commissions and councils, including in the latest widely- publicised note of the Economic Advisory Council headed by Sukhamoy Chakravarty. These advisers and advisory bodies seem to be bothered about stringency of resources and need for mobilising more resources for development. They arc worried about lags in investment in what they regard as the priority or core sector of the development plan and the need to step up investment in this sector. The advice they are tendering is designed to tackle these problems.

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