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Plan panel replacement: Guj CM calls move revolutionary

Patel made the remark after the meeting Modi held with Chief Ministers on Sunday over the issue. The new Gujarat Chief Minister is believed to have offered several suggestions over replacing the Planning Commission with a new entity which is going to give representation to the states along with the union government.

“The Planning Commission had just become a central agency but PM’s novel suggestion would see the formations of a new institution ‘National Commission’. This novel idea of cooperation through ‘Cooperative Federalism’ would strengthen the relationship between state-state and centre-state. It will bring all on the same platform to resolve long pending and undecided issues. It will also bring states with the same situations on one platform for issue based cooperation,” she said.

“For coastal states – from Gujarat to West Bengal (total nine states), there can be one common strategy formed by this new institution for issues such as development of ports, tourism, fisheries and others. The new institution can focus more on the macro issues and their implementation part could be left to the state governments. It could emphasise on long term strategic vision which ultimatly could give directions to the governments. It could think over the issue raised by the states and can form the policies beneficial for the states and nation,” suggested Patel.

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