The Government of India have in consultation with the Planning Commission earmarked a sum of Rs.15 lakhs for the grant of financial assistance for the construction of new sailing vessels of suitable design to be built on scientific lines during the Second Five-Year Plan. This was disclosed by Mr. Raj Bahadur, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, when he inaugurated the Central Advisory Committee for Sailing Vessels which met in New Delhi on March 2.