No difference with ministries in pushing reforms, says Plan panel

Apr 29 2014, 08:28 IST
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Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia
SummaryMontek Singh Ahluwalia responds to IE report ‘Plan Panel to PM: Ministries dragging feet on policy action led to slowdown’.

a holistic approach to Energy Policy and we need to get its rationale widely understood. Your news report explains why that is so difficult.

Finally, I did say that Members of the Commission acting as Chairmen of Committees provide new ideas, many of which are not readily accepted. Again, this was not presented as a complaint — no government readily accepts all new ideas — they need to be completely weighed. I was only pointing out that the Commission, through its Members, has established mechanisms for injecting many new ideas into government which otherwise would not have come about.

I could go on, but I hope this letter, if you prominently publish it, will persuade your readers that you were less than fair. You would have done better to do a serious piece on the note itself and the various innovative steps listed therein to judge whether we have indeed been innovative, rather than rushing to publish something which it looks as if we are secretly complaining against other Ministries.

As a regular reader of your paper I must point out, more in sadness than anger, that you are in serious danger of abandoning the “journalism of courage” and sinking into the “journalism of leakage and innuendo”.

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