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With Niti Aayog, states get a seat in PM Modi’s roundtable

1 January, 2015 8:35 PM
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NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday replaced the 65-year-old Planning Commission, a leftover from the Socialist era, with a NITI Aayog or National Institution for Transforming India, marking a major shift in policy- making by involving states.

To be headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new body will have a governing council comprising chief ministers of all states and Lt Governors of Union Territories and will work towards fostering "co-operative federalism" for providing a "national agenda" to the Centre and states. The membership of states has rendered the National Development Council, a body of CMs that would approve Five-Year Plans, defunct.

The new body, which would remain at its predecessor's address in Lutyen's Delhi, a few blocks away from the Parliament will have a vice chairperson and chief executive officer, to be appointed by the PM.

Columbia University professor Arvind Panagariya was under active consideration for Vice Chairman's post, sources said.

The NITI Aayog, which will serve as a policy think-tank for the central as well as state governments, will have around 7-8 full-time members and two part-time members, while four union ministers would serve as ex-officio members. The two part-time members would be from leading universities and research organisations, the number of full time members has not been specified as yet.

Experts, specialists and practitioners with relevant domain knowledge would also be part of NITI Aayog as "special invitees nominated by the PM".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who announced the dismantling of Planning Commission in his maiden Independence Day speech last year, hailed the replacement in a series of tweets, saying that the inclusion of of CMs and LGs will "foster a spirit of cooperative federalism".

"Through NITI Aayog, we bid farewell to a 'one size fits all' approach towards development. The body celebrates India's diversity and plurality," Modi tweeted.

The scrapping of Planning Commission addresses the long-held view that the body which was conceived at a time when the Centre was supposed to occupy "commanding heights of economy" had outlived its relevance because of diminished role of the State and the emergence of the private sector and because of the foci of economic activities shifting to states. Beginning with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's dismissing the body as "bunch of jokers" , the Commission's utility had been increasingly called into question, with state governments protesting against their limited role in the planning process despite Congress's protests against what it has called the assault on Nehruvian policies.

In its statement, Modi government focused on the lament of states about the "top-down" approach and how the new body would be the remedy. An important evolutionary change from the past will replacing a centre-to-state one-way flow of policy by a genuine and continuing partnership with the states.

The declared intent to empower states has played well as non-NDA chief ministers have also supported the dissolution of Planning Commission.

Significantly, Modi and the official statement also stressed that the NITI Aayog will pay special attention to the poor who have not benefited from development process."A pro-people, pro-active and participatory development agenda stressing on empowerment and equality is the guiding principle behind Niti Aaygog", Modi said in one of his tweets. The official statement also had the same emphasis saying that the new institution will "pay special attention to the sections of our society that may be at risk of not benefitting adequately from economic progress".

It also said that the new institution "has to provide at the Centre and state levels with relevant strategic and technical advice" on key policy issues.

Pangaria who along with his mentor Jagdish Bhagwati rooted for Modi during the campaign for 2014 polls, but was considered to be radical for a formal role in the government in view of his aggressive pro-market views. His possible selection will be a statement of Modi government's intent to blend welfare economics with the pursuit of reforms.

The NITI Aayog will also serve as a think tank, with the government saying that it will be "a directional and policy dynamo". Government said that the Niti Aayog will maintain a "state-of-art resource centre, be a repository of research and best practices".

As part of new institution, regional council would be formed to address specific issues and contingencies impacting more than one state or a region.

Like erstwhile planning panel, the new institution has also been set up through a Cabinet Resolution, wherein it has invoked words of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, B R Ambedkar, Swami Vivekanand and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

The resolution says that NITI Aayog will provide a 'national agenda' for the PM and CMs to foster cooperative federalism while recognising that "strong states make a strong nation".

It will also interact with other national and international Think Tanks, as also with educational and policy research institutions.

The announcement finally brought the curtain down on planning commission, set up by first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in March 1950, which drafted 12 five-year plans in its nearly 65-year-history.

The Commission went through several ups and downs over the years of its existence, ranging from being a simple planning body to a powerful 'control-commission'.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Satish Chandra

2 January, 2015 4:30 PM

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Here is another glimpse of foreign ownership and control of India: ""India's greatest scientist and greatest living Indian publicly tortured in Harvard seminar, systematically and totally starved for up to 3 weeks at a time, made semi-starved and homeless and even blind for years, kept under 24-hour audio and video surveillance as well as surveillance of [and interference with] communications and electrical typewriter and computer use, document creation and photocopying, etc., by satellite for more than past 3 decades, systematically harassed and in poverty and neutralised and robbed of his work at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, robbed of crores in his money and property in India by C.I.A.-RAW, forced back into exile in the U.S., all with full cooperation and participation of India's RAW and India's C.I.A.-RAW-controlled prime ministers, politicians and media -- to keep India poor, weak and enslaved" and how this means the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the U.S.; see my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.' which can be found by a Yahoo/Google search with the title; my biography can be found in Marquis' Who's Who in the World, 2014 and earlier editions." In a letter dated July 27, 1982 to Indira Gandhi as prime minister I referred to an act, by American Jews, that was "the equivalent of an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India". In her reply dated July 29, 1982 she wrote "Dear Mr. Chandra, I have received your letter dated July 27, 1982 and am passing it on to my Principal Secretary to deal with it. Sincerely, Indira Gandhi". In December, 1982 I wrote to her "There was sudden, terminal, overwhelming violence against me during a seminar at Harvard University and rather similar occurrences earlier… India can expect sudden, annihilatory violence … with nuclear weapons … against its population … unless it can mount a decisively superior force to stop it". Following my advice, India’s strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and the Centre for Advanced Technology, was started to give India victory in a nuclear war with the United States and because of my influence on her, Indira Gandhi as prime minister was assassinated by CIA-RAW and later when Rajiv Gandhi realized the truth of what I had written to her after the American invasion of Iraq which was the first Gulf War, he was also assassinated by CIA-RAW. In the past few years, I have had India’s nuclear forces emplace nuclear warheads in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities and India is now in a position to destroy the United States without being destroyed. 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I have said there should be a rigid policy against the import of arms and have made the Indians replace worthless conventional arms with effective nuclear warheads already emplaced in U.S. cities. But the Mother-Chod Indians are determined to remain slaves and have not obeyed my order to explode them at the first opportunity -- on a working day during working hours which will be this Monday -- with the warning that additional U.S. cities will be similarly destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. Even the Ramzade Indians are Mother-Chods. For example, Lt. General Amit Sharma will obey CIA-appointed Modi but not an Avatar without whom India’s nuclear forces would not exist and without obeying whom they are a big fat zero. Why is the Untouchable Haramzada Modi India’s prime minister anyway? Because all the BJP members of Parliament are Haramzadas who work for the CIA. So are all the non-BJP members of Parliament. The United States is now refusing to condemn the terror strikes in Kashmir because it has an understanding with Modi that it will support Kashmir’s separation from India with Modi’s cooperation. There will be no Kashmir problem if there was no Pakistan. India should have sovereignty not over Kashmir but over Pakistan which can be established by the nuclear destruction of Washington and New York with emplaced nuclear warheads with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be similarly destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. In the festival of Gadhimai -- goddess of power -- on November 28-29 ‘14, held every 5 years in Nepal, hundreds of thousands buffaloes and other animals were slaughtered over two days. India needs to slaughter Americans by the millions, by exploding its nuclear warheads already emplaced in Washington and New York with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be similarly destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. In return for the CIA’s support Mother-Chod Modi is required to defame India such as through the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign which implies Indians don’t know the importance of cleanliness and have to be ‘civilized’ by the Americans, though Indian requirements for cleanliness are the most stringent in the world and the health effects of pollution of water bodies by fecal bacteria from flush toilets are far more serious than open defecation which is the most environmentally friendly way to defecate. I have written “Cleanliness procedures of Indians from Yoga to daily life — Indians expressed shock that the University of Chicago president’s wife put a spoon which she had just put in her mouth to taste a dish she was preparing back in the pot to stir it and I replied “That’s why they are called dirty Jews” — are the most stringent in the world. The environmental and health effects — from water requirements to pollution of water bodies — of flush toilets on India will be devastating. Without first establishing dominance via emplaced nuclear warheads [above], snatching entire continents from the white man after killing the existing population, India cannot be dominant in health and sanitation.” Satish Chandra