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NEW DELHI-Catch-words for Seventh Plan

NEW DELHI Catch-words for Seventh Plan BM THE meeting of the full Planning Commission to approve the Approach document on the Seventh Plan could not possibly attract much attention when developments in Punjab were looming so large and casting their shadow on everything and everybody. The Prime Minister who chaired the meeting did not have the time or inclination in the circumstances to even sit through the two sessions of the meeting. She left after making a speech for the record. Her advice to the country's lull-time planners was that they should present the Approach to the Plan and the Plan itself in such a manner that it would restore the credibility of development planning and win the confidence of the people in its purposes and objectives. This created some initial confusion in some quarters and it was thought that she had called for basic revision of the Approach document drafted in Yojana Bhavan. The subsequent revision of the Approach document, however, has been in the nature more of improving the presentation rather than of making any substantive changes, This is how it always is and how it has to be. The planners themselves know this well and are doing their job stoically enough. The Approach document is proposed to be made public after it has been formally discussed in the National Development Council early in July. That is after all the convention.

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