National Development Council approves 12th Five Year Plan

Montek Singh

Country's apex policy making body NDC today approved the strategy to achieve average growth rate of 8 per cent during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), generate 50 million new jobs and increase investments in infrastructure sector.

"I am very happy that NDC (National Development Council) has approved the 12th Five Year Plan. We have marginally reduced the average annual growth rate to 8 per cent (from 8.2 per cent).

"We expect with the growth rate of 5.8 per cent this fiscal and little over 7 per cent next fiscal, and with extra effort in the remaining three more years we can reach 8 per cent," Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said.

The voluminous document, containing detailed policy strategy for the 12th Plan, was approved at the full meeting of the NDC chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The document has pegged the aggregate Plan resources at Rs 37.16 lakh crore during the five year period starting 2012-13.

Singh assured all Chief Ministers that Centre has taken note of the points raised by them, including those in the written speeches. "All these points will be carefully considered by the Planning Commission," he said, adding, the Plan is not a rigid blue print.

"It is a broad 'directional' and 'aspirational' document, which must allow for modification on the basis of experience... We must now devote all our energies to implementing the Plan," the Prime Minister said.

Moving away from previous practice of presenting single growth projection, the Planning Commission has come out with three different economic scenarios for 12th Five-Year Plan.

As per the "aspirational" scenario one -- of strong inclusive growth -- India's economic growth will be average 8 per cent in the five years.

The document also cautions that in scenario of "policy logjam", the GDP growth could slow down to 5-5.5 per cent.

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