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From 50 Years Ago: Time-Lags and Targets.

Editorial from Volume XIV, No's 4,5 & 6, February 1962.

When the Third Plan was in the making, the size of it was a subject of keen debate. It was not a countrywide debate in which the mass-es took sides or had any firm views to offer. But within a limited circle it did give rise to considerable argument. People naturally wanted a bigger and better plan but where were the resources to come from? …

The Planning Commission does not even re-view the working of the plan in physical terms, leave alone attempting an objective evaluation, as it does of the Community Projects. What would be the finding, if the progress of the plan is subjected to a scrutiny to ascertain why the rate of growth over the last decade has been what it is and how much higher it could have been, had the performance, sector-wise and project-wise, been synchronised over time, in the manner in which it should have been done? Would the enquiry prove as intractable as the one instituted by the Government to find out whether there has been any noticeable increase or decrease in the extent of economic inequality over the last decade of development? At least one of the members of the Committee of Experts appointed for the enquiry has frankly confessed that “the whole subject of pattern of income distribution and economic growth has not only political overtones but is not even aca-demically free from ambiguity and capable of getting a clear statistical answer”. An enquiry into plan projects, surely, could fight free of such academic obstructions and casuistry.

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