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

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Planning- Financial Snares

Financial Snares TWO aspects of state planning have often been noted and commented upon. One is the rather large weight of Centrally-sponsored schemes and the other concerns the increasing proportion of current Plan allocation being absorbed by schemes and programmes inherited from the preceding Plan, In a recent lecture, the acting Chief Secretary of Kerala, V Ramachandran, exemplifies these on the basis of his state's experience. In 1983-84 while the outlay on state Plan schemes amounted to Rs 320 crore, the outlay on Centrally-sponsored schemes was Rs 140 crore for which "the states are mainly implementing agencies". It is well known how the allocation for the Centrally-sponsored schemes has been on the increase in recent years, especially since the return of Indira Gandhi to power, with the shedding of the earlier pretence that only schemes of all-India significance and priority would be thus provided for. Lately, Indira Gandhi has been claiming credit for her party for the schemes the states implement out of such allocation on the grounds that "the money is ours".

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