|Bulletin n. 1/2017
Swenden Wilfried, Saxena Rekha
|Rethinking central planning: A federal critique of the Planning Commission
|in India Review , Volume 16, Issue 1, Continuity and Change in Contemporary Indian Federalism , 2017 , 42-65
|This article critically assesses the impact of the Planning Commission on center-state relations in India. It argues that the Planning Commission had a centralizing effect due to its role in overseeing five year and annual planning, its contribution to designing and overseeing Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), and its involvement in discretionary grant-making. Central policy priorities and inter-state disagreements prevented the Planning Commission from acquiring the role of a shared rule institution, capable of offsetting the centralizing implications of the aforementioned policies. The article then speculates on what prompted the recent replacement of the Planning Commission with the NITI Aayog and what this may mean for shared rule and the nature of collaborative federalism in India more in general.