In his farewell speech to the Planning Commission, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on today said India’s growth story is “work in progress” and there is still a long way to go. Manmohan Singh, who is Chairman of the Commission, made a case for reorienting the body to remain relevant in the globalised world.
Expressing satisfaction over the working of the Commission during the UPA’s 10-year rule, the Prime Minister hoped the panel would subject itself to a critical review and will continue to play a leading role in the policy debate in government and in the development of our nation.
The Commission, Dr. Singh said, needs to evaluate its approach to problems and challenges in the evolving economic scenario. Are we still using tools and approaches which were designed for a different era?
Have we added on new functions and layers without any restructuring of the more traditional activities in the Commission?” Singh asked as he flagged some of the issues.
Dr. Singh’s association with the Commission started in April 1980, when he became a member-secretary. He was also Deputy Chairman of the body when Rajiv Gandhi was Prime Minister.