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Planning Commission’s focus to be on infrastructure, inclusive growth: Montek

New Delhi, June 6 (ANI): The reappointed Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, on Saturday said the commission would focus on infrastructure development and inclusive growth.

“President’s address has given much emphasis on infrastructure… when we say growth it is inclusive growth. We will have to strengthen the infrastructure,” he told reporters after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) cleared his reappointment as Plan panel’s chief.

On his re-appointment, Ahluwalia said: “It is a great honour to be asked to serve again and I look forward to getting down to work with new members of the Commission.”

Ahluwalia is the first person to get the post of Plan panel Deputy Chairman for a second consecutive term.

Ahluwalia said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also consistently stressed on an agenda of inclusive growth and the Commission would ensure that it happens, he said.

He added that the last two years saw a number of social sector initiatives of the UPA government including the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Gram Sadak Yojana, Indira Awas Yojana and National Rural Health Mission.

The government has also retained Abhijit Sen, Syeda Hameed and B K Chaturvedi as members in the reconstituted Commission.

The new entrants to the Commission are Saumitra Chaudhuri, former member of the PM’s Economic Advisory Council, Narendra Jadhav, Vice-Chancellor of Pune University and Mihir Shah, member, national executive of the Ministry of Rural Development. (ANI)

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