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No deadline for panel's makeover: Montek

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Planning Commission today said it has not set any time frame for converting itself into a 'System Reforms Commission', a proposal aimed at better reflecting the changing economic profile of the country.

"I have not set a time frame on it," Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told newsmen when asked about the body taking a new avatar as the Systems Reform Commission by 2012.

Denying reports that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has okayed the proposal for converting the Commission into Systems Reform Commission, Ahluwalia said, "at the moment we don't have any specific proposal from Arun Maira (for restructuring of the body)."

Maira, a member of the Commission, was recently asked to come up with recommendation regarding restructuring the panel to give it a new look and profile for ensuring better results.

Ahluwalia said, "he (Maira) will come back to the internal Planning Commission and then we would take a view. Then it would go to the Prime Minister, or may be it will go to the full Commission. Maira has been asked to do something. We have to wait and see what he does."

Maira, on his part, had said earlier this month that four components would be involved for converting the Commission into Systems Reforms Commission. These include bringing about economic growth and a sustainable environment, involving more people in inclusive growth, and addressing issues related to governance.

Maira had also said the process of revamping the body "is an ongoing" one without any particular timeframe.

First Published: Thu, July 15 2010. 18:50 IST