Planning Commission

  • Planning Commission to be revamped soon, may act as a think-tank: Sources 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce a new look of the Planning Commission soon. Sources in the government say that the Commission is likely to hold an advisory role in the government. It is likely to have a think-tank type of a role for providing inputs for...
  • Need to streamline role of Planning Commission: Rao Inderjit Singh 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh on Tuesday underlined the need for streamlining the role of the Planning Commission, the country's apex policy making body which is yet to be reconstituted by the new government. "As far as the role of the Planning Commission is concerned, it needs to...
  • Planning Commission should not be scrapped: Azad June 24, 2014

    Srinagar: Congress on Tuesday said the Planning Commission of India should not be scrapped as the plan body has its own advantages. "I don't think anybody can think of scrapping the planning commission. It has its own advantages," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters. He was replying...
  • Modi may recast the role of Planning Commission, FM to deal with states now June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: After scrapping the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOMs) and Group of Minsters (GOMs), the Narendra Modi government may now be targeting the Planning Commission for an overhaul. According to sources, the Union government is likely to revamp the role of the Planning Commission. As per the new plan, the...
  • Chhattisgarh seeks special status at pre-budget meet June 10, 2014

    Chhattisgarh on Monday reiterated its demand for a 'special category' status for the state at a pre-budget meeting of state finance ministers with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. Chhattisgarh Commerce and Tax minister Amar Agrawal, who read the state finance minister's speech, said the Planning Commission in its...
  • Sunil Kumar appointed as Deputy Chairman of Chhattisgarh Planning Commission May 31, 2014

    Chhattisgarh government has appointed former state Chief Secretary Sunil Kumar as the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission, official sources said on Saturday. Kumar had retired in February this year. Former IAS officer Shivraj Singh has been appointed as the advisor to Chief Minister Raman Singh. He will be accorded a...
  • India needs to invest $834 bn for lower emissions by 2030 May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: India will have to invest $834 billion in the two decades ending 2030 to reduce its emission intensity to gross domestic product by 42 per cent over 2007 levels, according to a Planning Commission expert group. According to the final report of the expert group on low carbon strategies...
  • Arun Maira says his book is on reforms needed for stronger economy May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Planning Commission Member Arun Maira on Tuesday said that his new book focuses on reforms that can ensure a stronger economy and is "very different" from what others have written recently. Maira's book titled 'Redesigning the Aeroplane While Flying - Reforming Institutions' comes on the heels of books written...
  • Future growth prospects depend on new government's policies: Montek Ahluwalia April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Growth prospects of the Indian economy will depend on the policies of the new government to be formed next month, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Wednesday. "The economy can move up, depending upon the policies you follow. In the current (financial) year 2014-15 everybody...
  • India story a work in progress: Manmohan Singh April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: In his farewell speech to the Planning Commission, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said India's growth story is "work in progress" and there is still a long way to go. "India's development story is a work in progress. But there is a lot of distance that is still...
  • Fight is against perception that big companies do deals with government: Montek April 20, 2014

    The biggest challenge on policy front is the fight against the perception that a small number of big corporations do cozy deals with the government, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahulwalia has said. He also said the new government after elections will get a considerable time during which whatever initiatives it wants to take will not...
  • Uma Bharti promises separate Bundelkhand to voters in Jhansi April 10, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti has promised voters here a separate Bundelkhand state within three years, if her party is voted to power at the Centre. "I am always in favour of separate Bundelkhand state. If my party is voted to power, I will ensure that Bundelkhand is made separate state...
  • Harish Rawat seeks green bonus from Planning Commission February 12, 2014

    Citing the state's large forest cover, the Uttarakhand government has sought Rs 2,000 crore per annum as 'Green bonus' from the 14th Planning Commission. The demand was made by Chief Minister Harish Rawat at a meeting with a visiting Planning Commission team headed by Dr YV Reddy at the secretariat in Dehradun...
  • 15,800 more MBBS seats to be created in country: Ghulam Nabi Azad February 7, 2014

    New Delhi: With the availability of doctors being a dismal 0.5 for every 1,000 persons in the country, the Centre has proposed to create an additional 15,800 MBBS seats, Lok Sabha was informed on Friday. "The current doctor-population ratio in the country is approximately 1:1,700, yielding a density of 0.5 doctors...
  • SC begins final hearing on constitutional validity of Aadhaar February 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday began the final hearing on the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar card with those opposing the mega project saying it was not backed by any statute and compromises with national security. Further, a three-judge bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan was also...
  • PM directs Planning Commission to set up development committee for Northeast January 20, 2014

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday directed the Planning Commission to set up a committee with representatives from northeastern states to monitor and improve coordination for infrastructure development in the region as he reviewed its status in New Delhi. At the meeting with chief ministers of the northeastern states, Singh said...
  • 'Modi's comparison between Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand based on Planning Commission data' January 2, 2014

    Chhattisgarh Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar on Wednesday rubbished a news report which claimed that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi "derided" Jharkhand while drawing a comparison with Chhattisgarh on parameters of development and poverty. "The Planning Commission's data reflects true picture which shows Chhattisgarh ahead of Jharkhand and substantiates Modi's...
  • China to triple compensation for parents losing only child December 26, 2013

    China is to more than triple the amount of compensation that some parents get if their only child dies, the health and family planning agency said on Thursday, in the latest sign of a more lenient stand on an uncompromising population policy. China's childless parents are emblematic of the problems of...
  • Planning Commission preparing model accord for mine developers December 17, 2013

    The Planning Commission is preparing a model concession agreement for state-owned Coal India (CIL) to engage mine developer cum operators (MDOs), Parliament was informed on Tuesday. "The Planning Commission in consultation with all the stakeholders, including Ministry of Coal and Coal India Ltd, is in the process of finalising a model...
  • Three projects that may boost tourism in Jharkhand November 5, 2013

    Jharkhand is set to unveil three projects, including a foodcraft institute in the temple town of Deogarh, to attract tourists to the state. A luxury hotel and a foodcraft institute in the temple town of Deoghar and a rural development project in East Singhbhum district would boost the tourism sector...
  • Economy to see turnaround in coming quarters, asserts Montek Singh Ahluwalia October 9, 2013

    India's GDP will see a turnaround in the coming quarters on account of various steps taken by the government to spur growth as well as good agricultural production, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Wednesday. "Taking all these things together, I expect to see recovery in the coming...
  • India may extend visa on arrival facility for 40 more countries October 7, 2013

    India intends to extend visa on arrival facility to tourists from 40 more countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a move which will make the country a more tourist friendly destination and promote foreign exchange earnings. The Planning Commission has called a high-level...
  • Planning Commission to hold twitter conference on Gandhi Jayanti October 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Planning Commission will hold a twitter conference to discuss the life and message of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 144th birth anniversary on Wednesday. Sam Pitroda, Chairman National Innovation Council and the Adviser to Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure to Improve Governance ~~amp;amp; Public Services will...
  • Montek meets Arunachal CM to review status of power projects September 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia Friday met Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to discuss the issues related with hydro power projects in the state. "We are reviewing number of issues. We are very concerned, we want to help Arunachal Pradesh utilise its hydro potential. There are...
  • Govt has not drawn any red line on rupee value, says Montek August 25, 2013

    In the backdrop of the declining value of India's currency, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Sunday said the government has not drawn any red line on the rupee, which he felt has over depreciated. "I don't believe that either the government or the RBI have taken a view...
  • Planning Commission approves Rs 25,250 cr for Chhattisgarh July 31, 2013

    The Planning Commission on Wednesday approved Rs 25,250 crore for Chhattisgarh for 2013-14, up 7.5 per cent from a year ago. The annual plan outlay for the state was discussed in New Delhi at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Raman Singh. "The plan size has been agreed...
  • Status check: A Mumbai slum family earning Rs 7,000 a month not BPL? July 31, 2013

    Mumbai: After being reduced to a farce by politicians, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia admitted that poverty figures are at an all time low. CNN-IBN's Smitha Nair tried to find out if it is possible to survive in a Mumbai slum for close to Rs 7,000 a month. It...
  • Poverty line status check: Can a family of 5 live on Rs 6,000 a month? July 30, 2013

    New Delhi: As politicians reduce the poverty line debate to a farce, CNN-IBN's Rupashree Nanda spent a day with a family of five to do a status check. She checked whether it was actually possible to live on Rs 6,000 per month. The Planning Commission says that any individual who can...
  • Poverty line debate: Is a monthly income of Rs 6000 enough to sustain a family of 5? July 29, 2013

    The Planning Commission says any individual who can spend more than Rs 33 a day is above poverty line. It says this amount is adequate to meet expenditure for food, health and education. But is the estimate far away from the realities on the ground? CNN-IBN tracks the family of...
  • Government ready to revise the poverty line figure: Montek July 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Amid mounting criticism of poverty reduction estimates by the Planning Commission, the panel's Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Monday said that the poverty line decided by Tendulkar Committee was being relooked at. Ahluwalia said Rangarajan Committee, which was formed to give its report on poverty, will take...