Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that, the country’s economic policy has “no sense of direction” after the Modi-government decided to scrap the Planning Commission.
The 83-year-old Congress leader also dismissed as “malicious” propaganda the allegation that no development had taken place during the previous Congress regimes, including those of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
“Pandit Nehru and Indira ji are responsible for developing the agricultural sector in India. In light of the recent crisis, Prime Minister Modi should take a lesson from them. Indira Gandhi tried her best to ensure that the East Pak crisis was resolved through diplomacy,” the former PM said.
Speaking on the occasion of Indira Gandhi’s 98th birth anniversary, Singh said, “Economic policy has no sense of direction and this is largely because Planning Commission, with all its deficiencies….was a positive dynamic instrument of steering the country’s economy.”
Singh, known as the architect of economic reforms in the country, asked his party workers to tell people how the government’s decision to abolish the planning body has been “harmful” for the country.
The veteran Congress leader said that, as Indira Gandhi followed Jawaharlal Nehru’s path of planned development, she always emphasised the need of a Planning Commission for a country as diverse as India, and one which faced multifarious challenges.
Indira Gandhi believed that the planning body was necessary to address the developmental needs of the country, along with a strong sense of vision and commitment, Singh said.