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Planning Policy and the Fifth Plan

Yoginder K. Alagh
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 9, No. 6/8, Annual Number (Feb., 1974), pp. 273+275+277+279+281-282
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4363425
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Abstract

This paper is an attempt at discussing two major policy questions in the Fifth Plan, namely, employment generation of the type that raises the income levels of the indigent sections of the population and the problem of growth with the self-sufficiency objective. Towards the end of the paper certain recent critiques of the model of the Fifth Plan are also evaluated. The economy is at present passing through a period of critical shortages. It is obvious that, in this situation, selectivity in programmes designed to achieve desirable socio-economic goals is crucial. The attempt in this paper is to highlight implementable policy options. Given the existing difficulties, it is quite likely that unless selected well-planned initiatives are taken, the process of planning as we have known it in the country is liable to be discredited.

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