India's Modi seeks ideas to replace Soviet-style planning

India's PM Modi reacts during a meeting with Brazil's President Rousseff on the sidelines of the 6th BRICS summit at the Alvorada Palace in BrasiliaBy Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s prime minister on Monday sought suggestions from the public to help re-fashion the Soviet-inspired central Planning Commission that supporters say is in line with a new, open style of governance. Since he took over in May, Narendra Modi has promised to cut red tape, fight corruption and make India easier to do business in to get the economy moving after years of slowing growth. Last week, he announced plans to replace the Planning Commission, a lingering vestige of India’s early attempt to mimic the Soviet command economy, with a modern institution to reflect a shift to a market-based economy where the states were the main drivers of growth rather than a central body. “We envision the proposed institution as one that caters to the aspirations of 21st century India and strengthens participation of the states,” Modi said in a Twitter post, inviting public participation in the rebuilding of the body.

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