New Delhi: A Parliamentary Committee has taken a strong objection to the "casual and incomplete" reply of the Planning Commission on panel's recommendation for quick approval of agri-schemes under the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17) for better implementation.
In its Action Taken report, submitted in the Lok Sabha, the Committee on Agriculture said it is "shocked by the casual and incomplete reply of the Planning Commission to a recommendation which, rather than addressing the issue of reduction of timeframe for approval of schemes and related matters, attempts to educate the Committee about the soundness of the well established procedures of EFC/SFC/CCEA...".
In its earlier report, the Committee headed by Basudeb Acharia, had pointed out that the first 2-3 years of the Plan period were spent on getting approvals of various schemes of
Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), leaving little time for proper implementation.
The panel had desired that the Planning Commission, Finance Ministry and other agencies involved in project approval should reduce their time frame to ensure prompt implementation of the schemes.
It had also suggested that the Planning Commission and the government should ensure that all formalities relating to the 12th Plan get completed well in advance.
In the Action Taken Note, the DARE said that it had forwarded the panel's recommendation to the Planning Commission, which submitted that "the scheme approval moves through well established procedures viz EFC/SFC/CCEA etc".
The panel cautioned that if its recommendation is not implemented, the 12th plan would meet the same fate of 11th Plan with no work being done on any of the schemes in the initial years of the Plan period.
"The Planning Commission cannot shrug from their responsibility for working out and emerging with a Plan document well before the Plan commences by citing procedural alibis...," the Committee said.
The panel reiterated its recommendation and desired that the Plan be conveyed to ministries/departments without any further delay.