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Plan panel replacement likely in Dec

 NEW DELHI, Nov 30 – Work has moved into top gear for finalising the name and structure for the new institution that will replace the 64-year old Planning Commission and the same may be unveiled this December, reports PTI.

“The Prime Minister has convened a meeting of the Chief Ministers on December 7 to seek their viewpoints on the structure of the institution which would ultimately replace the Planning Commission,” an official source said.

The Commission has received many suggestions regarding the name and role of the new body. Some of the suggested names are Sustainable Development Commission, National Development Agency, Social Economic Development Commission or Bharat Pragati Lakshya. Besides, there have been reports about the new body being named as Niti Aayog or Policy Commission.

The new institution, which is likely to be headed by the Prime Minister as was the case in Planning Commission, may have four divisions – inter-state council, plan evaluation office, UIDAI and DBT. All the divisions would have experts from the Centre and state governments as also experts from the industry.

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