Limited success

Print edition : September 19, 2014

C. Subramaniam, Finance Minister of Madras State, discussing the agrarian resolution with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at the Subjects Committee of the Congress in New Delhi on January 9, 1959. Photo: THE HINDU archives

The Second Five-Year Plan visualised the expansion of social service schemes. This file picture shows an embroidery and sewing class under way at the Social Welfare Centre in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The Planning Commission, which has addressed socio-economic deprivation fairly well, has not succeeded fully in ensuring the implementation of the Five-Year Plans. But then it never had the power to take uncooperative governments to task.

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