Weaker States will suffer: Jairam

February 08, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:43 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Centralisation of all resources in Finance Ministry is dangerous, he says

Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapped the Planning Commission (PC) due to the criticism he faced from the body while he was Gujarat Chief Minister, alleged former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh.

In an interview to The Hindu , Mr. Ramesh claimed: “Every time he [Modi] came for the annual plan discussion, the PC would point out that Gujarat lagged behind Kerala, Tamil Nadu and others in the social sector. Its progress on education, health, nutrition and sanitation were markedly inferior compared to other States. Now, without giving any thought to it, he has centralised all resource allocation with the Finance Ministry which is far more politicised.”

After coming to power last year, the National Democratic Alliance government decided to replace the Commission with the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog.

Mr. Ramesh, who worked in the Commission for eight years, added that weaker States would suffer.

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