New Delhi: In order to formulate the Approach Paper for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), the Planning Commission will hold its first meeting with the Chief Ministers of northern region states and administrator of Chandigarh on Monday.   

This comes at a time when the country is looking at raising the average economic growth to 9-9.5 per cent from 8.2 per cent expected in the current Plan.

Chief Ministers of six states -- Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal and Uttar Pradesh -- besides administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh are among those expected to attend the meeting, sources said.

The Commission will later hold similar meetings with Chief Ministers of states in other regions in its bid to complete the draft Approach Paper by July-end. The five regions are Northern, Western, North-East, East and South.

Approach Paper provides broad framework of the government policy to be pursued in the five-year period.

In the meeting of the full Planning Commission on April 21, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked the panel to immediately start work on the Approach Paper for the next five year Plan.

Once the draft document is ready, it would be placed before the full Planning Commission meeting likely to be held in July. Thereafter, the document will be considered by the country’s highest policy making body National Development Council (NDC).

Headed by the Prime Minister, the NDC members include all Chief Ministers and Union Cabinet Ministers.

India is aiming at 9 to 9.5 economic growths in the next Plan with thrust on more inclusive, faster and sustainable growth in the country.

(Agencies)