The Kerala Perspective Plan (Vision)-2030 is an initiative of the State Planning Board that is being mooted as the first of its kind in the country to evolve a consensus for long-term planning. It was unveiled before legislators here on Wednesday.
A presentation on Vision-2030 was made by a team from National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India’s premier economic research institution, under the aegis of the Planning Board, in association with the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs in the Old Assembly Hall in the Secretariat.
Describing the initiative as a promising step for the long-term development needs of the state, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who formally inaugurated the discussions, pointed out that Kerala is prone to changes every five years. "People usually give the mandate for a government only for five years and hence plans are drawn accordingly. Deviating from it, we are looking for a 20-year plan perspective. Towards that end, we have to arrive at a political consensus and a common approach," Mr. Chandy said.
The Chief Minister also said that the draft of the vision document will be subjected to wide-ranging discussions before its finalisation, and especially the opinion of the youth will be attached paramount importance. "Planning should be evolved in such a manner that there is no generation gap, considering the fact that the stakes of the next generation would be high," he said, outlining the gist of the Plan perspective for various fields.
"For achieving a double-digit growth rate, the lagging primary sector of agriculture should be enthused for augmenting and accelerating growth," the Finance Minister KM Mani said and added that Kerala can indeed make a strong presence on the export front and conquer world markets itself. "Education standards in the state should undergo substantial qualitative change. The state has good potential to emerge as a global IT destination," Mr. Mani said.
In his special address, Rural Development Minister K C Joseph said that the Plan will be put for discussions with all concerned such as representatives of trade unions and farmers’ outfits. "Only after discussions with all political organisations, irrespective of having representation or not in the Assembly, the road map for a long-term development will be laid," he said.
K M Chandrasekhar, Vice-Chairman, State Planning Board, in his introductory address, stressed that the per capita income in the state should go up as part of any long-term plan.
Vision-2030 identifies critical challenges on the socio-economic front and professes a strategic framework for sustainable and inclusive growth based on experiences on a global scale. Creation of a knowledge-based economy is central to the Plan, while assessing issues, challenges and benchmarks with various countries and regions.
Credit and Source: The New Indian Express