New Delhi: To find a place in the 12th Five Year Plan, the development schemes of different ministries would have to clear the test of performance. The schemes which fail to meet the set standards may be kept out of the 12th FYP. The government is also planning to merge similar policies to reduce the growing number of schemes.

According to the sources, the Planning Commission has prepared a report based on the detailed scrutiny of the developmental schemes in the presence of the concerned ministries. It has recommended shedding out of failed policies in the 12th FYP (Year 2012-2017).

The report will be presented by the Commission in the National Development Council (NDC) meeting to be held on October 18. However, the Commission has kept the MNREGA scheme as an exception.

The government is currently operating 13 such schemes, for which Rs 1,86,539 crore have been allotted in the 2011-2012 financial year. These schemes include MGNREGA, Mid-day Meal, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana. However, speculations are ripe that some of the schemes under Agriculture and Human Resource Ministries will be chopped out, but it is yet to be decided which schemes should be abolished and merged with other ones.

The Commission intends to cut the schemes run by the Centre to simplify their financial nourishment as the union government has maximum 70 percent stake in the above schemes, while about 90 percent financial burden of some schemes is raised by the Centre.

Meanwhile, differences between the Centre and the state governments are common on the distribution of the finances in these schemes. The Centre claims that the states do not show seriousness in the implementation of development plans, encouraging the need for restructuring of these schemes.

(Agencies)