In a move that aims at instituting a platform for brainstorming at the highest level, Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi is likely to create an incubation centre within the government.
The centre is likely to include a team of experts, who are expected to flesh out ideas from multiple sectors, and report on them to the Prime Minister. The Modi government will, however, route the implementable suggestions offered by this centre through the bureaucracy, instead of creating a parallel channel, sources said.
A key element of the new government is expected to be an agency that will soak in best practices globally and expertise from key sectors that can be used to improve the efficiency of the government.
The incubation centre may also work out targets and deliverables for ministries that will be provided to the Prime Minister’s Office. The proposal, which is under consideration, is likely ro relieve the pressure on the government to revamp the Planning Commission immediately.
“We are in no hurry to dismantle the Commission”, a source within the party connected with the developments, said. The government may not immediately appoint a deputy chairman or members to the panel, and instead depend more on the proposed incubation centre for ideating and planning on policies. This is likely to be convenient also because the 12th Five Year Plan has two more years for ongoing projects to be implemented.
While the debate on restructuring the plan panel, seen as a legacy of India’s socialist era, has been on for a while, the BJP manifesto has said that the Centre should only be an enabler and facilitator for state governments.