Abolishing India's Planning Commission: The Results After Five Years

Roberts, Alasdair (2021). Abolishing India's Planning Commission: The Results after Five Years. Public Administration Review 81(4): 799-805.

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Alasdair S. Roberts

University of Massachusetts Amherst - School of Public Policy

Date Written: August 19, 2020

Abstract

Like other countries, India wrestles with the question of how to plan for the long-term in a society where political and economic power is widely diffused. In 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi abolished the Planning Commission and established a new body, NITI Aayog. Political and economic developments had been working against the Planning Commission for decades. Critics have disparaged NITI Aayog as an ineffective body that is too dependent on the Prime Minister. Some have called for a revived planning body with more independence and power, and some have looked to China for a model. India cannot adopt the Chinese approach. But there may be a case for a body stronger and more autonomous than NITI Aayog, that can serve as a voice for the country's long-term needs.

Keywords: India, planning, governance

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Alasdair S., Abolishing India's Planning Commission: The Results After Five Years (August 19, 2020). Roberts, Alasdair (2021). Abolishing India's Planning Commission: The Results after Five Years. Public Administration Review 81(4): 799-805. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3644479 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3644479

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