Being a believer of principles of liberalism and for the perspective of the twenty-first century, it makes compelled to pen down few thoughts on India’s centralized planning process which has been in practice for more than six decades. Planning has been made ritualistic in practice and lately added a new fashion to it through consultation of various stakeholders. Does that new fashion change the basic question? To be sure, why do we need a centralized planning system when the State would never be in a position to possess the required information to plan for the people? This question is at least a century old one, yet time and again rises to reiterate that the rational way to make a sensible planning is decentralized one or make it as part of individual’s aspirations.
The author works in public policy in New Delhi
To read more click on to http://www.mindtext.org/view/146/Same_Old_Centralized_Planning/