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

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From 50 Years Ago: No Time for Sophistry

EDITORIALS Vol XV, NoS 28, 29 & 30, july 1963

Since the National Development Council is due to meet in September, it is legitimate to assume that the Planning Commission will have completed its mid-term appraisal of the Third Five-Year Plan by then….Considering its past performance, one has reason to doubt if the National Development Council will really rise to the occasion. There is no evidence of this august body having succeeded in knitting the policies of the Central and State Governments in the field of economic development into a consistent national programme of action…

Whether the National Development Council will in fact be able to initiate a major transformation in the national scene depends in the final analysis on two factors…firstly, on the Planning Commission coming up with concrete proposals for more effective mobilisation of our resources for development...It will depend, in the second place, on the commitment to a national purpose which the State and Central ministers are prepared to accept and honour. To be sure, the latter requires a change in the attitude of the States towards the Centre and vice versa…

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