‘Niti Ayog’: New Name for Restructured Planning Commission

yojnaNEW DELHI : India’s Planning Commission will be renamed “Niti Ayog” as part of a plan to restructure the institution that the government believes has run its course.
The name, replacing “Yojana (planning)” with “Niti (policy)” will be announced in an amended resolution for the new plan body today, sources said.
Earlier this month, PM Modi held discussions with chief ministers on replacing the Soviet-style body with a ‘Team India’ concept that would give states a greater role in developing Asia’s third largest economy.
The restructured plan panel could be a combination of three or four divisions.In his Independence Day speech in August, PM Modi had indicated that the 64-year-old Commission had lost its relevance. Later, he tweeted asking for public feedback on what shape the institution should take.
It was India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, a socialist who admired Joseph Stalin’s drive to industrialize the Soviet Union, who in 1950 set up – and chaired – the Planning Commission to map out a development path for India’s agrarian economy.
A government-backed report suggested replacing the Planning Commission with a think tank more in line with a US-style Council of Economic Advisors. The opposition Congress has criticised the plan, calling it “shortsighted and dangerous”.

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