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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Q. What is the constitutional status of Planning Commission?

Ans. Though Constitution makes provision for the setting up of various commissions for different purposes, it does not mention anywhere about the Planning Commission. Thus Planning Commission is not a constitutional body. In fact, it is an extra-constitutional body. The Planning Commission came into existence in March 1950 through a resolution of the Union Cabinet. The Commission was set up as an advisory body for the panned socioeconomic development of the country. In fact, its only constitutional genesis lies in its entry in the Concurrent List, e.g., social and economic planning. On the basis of this entry, the Union Government has taken initiative to, establish the Planning Commission for the purpose of socio-economic planning. The State Planning Commissions have also been set up at provincial level.

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