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The Planning Commission in India was set up in March 1950 to promote a rapid rise in the standard of living of the people by utilizing the resources of the country, increasing production and offering employment opportunities to all.
The Planning Commission has the responsibility for formulating plans as to how the resources can be used in the most effective way.
The Planning Commission has to make periodic assessment of all resources in the country, boost up insufficient resources and formulate plans for the most efficient and judicious utilization of resources.
Functions of the Planning Commission India:
To make an assessment of the resources of the country and to list the deficient resources.
To formulate plans for the most effective and balanced utilization of country's resources.
To indicate the factors, hampering economic development.
To determine the machinery, that would be necessary for the successful implementation of each stage of plan.
Periodical assessment of the progress of the plan.
With the changing times, the Planning commission is preparing itself for long term vision for the future. The commission is seeing to maximize the output with minimum resources.
From being a centralized planning system, the Indian economy is slowly progressing towards indicative planning wherein the Planning Commission has set the goal of constructing a long term strategic vision for the future.
It sets sector’s targets and provides the catalyst to the economy to grow in the right direction.
The Planning Commission plays an integrative role in the development of a holistic approach to the formulation of policies in critical areas of human and economic development.