Singh also dismissed as 'malicious' propaganda that no development had taken place during previous Congress regimes. "Economic policy has no sense of direction and this is largely because Planning Commission, with all its deficiencies....was a positive dynamic instrument of steering the country's economy," Singh, known as the architect of economic reforms in the country, said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a National Convention here organised by the Indian Youth Congress on the occasion of Indira Gandhi's 98th birth anniversary. Singh asked his party workers to tell people how government's decision to abolish the planning body has been 'harmful' for the country.

The senior Congress leader cited that as Indira Gandhi followed Jawaharlal Nehru's path of planned development, she always emphasised the need of Planning Commission for a country as diverse as India and one which faced multifarious challenges.

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