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India Vision 2020
Planning Commission, Government of India
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Report of the Committee on India Vision 2020,
Planning Commission, Government of India
Chairman : S.P. Gupta


Background Papers

S. P. Gupta

The report on “India: Vision 2020” reproduced in Part One of this volume, has been the outcome of many detailed deliberations among all the Committee members comprising selected top scholars and experts in their respective fields under my chairmanship. The Committee had been constituted by the Planning Commission, Government of India in the year 2000 as a part of the exercise on Tenth Plan to develop a long-term twenty year vision for helping to work out a mediumterm programme for India’s development strategy. The Committee took more than two years to have an integrated and consistent view of how the countrymen would like to see India in the year 2020. The Committee’s deliberations were further enriched by nearly 20 written contributions received from among the Committee members. The contributors represent a wide spectrum of the society and from different parts of India.

In the final report, we have not necessarily adopted and accepted all the views and assessments of each individual author. But an integrated view is taken from a broad consensus emerging from the views of the different Members. These papers provided broad guidelines and pointers to formulate our understanding of Vision for India in 2020 and providing often detailed rationales for taking these views. Indeed in preparing the final report we have benefitted enormously from the inputs received from the background papers. The Report, however, is unable to do full justice to the rich and detailed analysis contained in the various papers. The final report also draws valuable inputs from experts within and outside the Planning Commission. The Committee gained from the vision of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s book “India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium”.

Given the complexity and vast scope of research and issues covered by individual papers, it is now felt that the papers will be a sources of great ‘knowledge’ value on their own, over and above their contribution to the final report on India Vision 2020. This prompted us to put together a volume with select background papers (with necessary editing) submitted to the Planning Commission for the India Vision 2020. Needless to mention, the view presented in these papers are that of the authors and not necessarily that of the Planning Commission.


Contents -- Part One
Report of the Committee on India Vision 2020

Planning Commission, Government of India
Chairman : S.P. Gupta

1. Introduction

• A Vision for India
• The Challenges Ahead

2. Uncommon Opportunities

• Knowledge and Information Technology
• Knowledge Resources

3. Human Development

• The People
• Food Security
• Employment
• Education
• S&T Capabilities
• Vocational Training
• Health of all
• Vulnerability

4. Infrastructure

• Urban Development
• Rural Infrastructure
• Telecom
• Transport

5. Energy and the Environment

• Power
• Fuel Demand
• Renewable Energy
• Air Quality
• Water Management
• Land, Forest and Biodiversity

6. Globalisation

• Global Trends and Institutional Framework
• Implications and Options for India

7. Peace and Security
• Revolution of Rising Expectations
8. Governance
• Decentralisation and People’s Participation
• Efficiency, Transparency and Accountability
9. Conclusion

• Best-case Scenario for India 2020
• Decision Points


Annexure I : Rabindranath Tagore’s Vision
Annexure II : Terms of Reference

Contents -- Part Two
Background Papers

1 Indian Demographic Scenario : Vision 2020
P.N. Mari Bhat
2 Agriculture Policy : Vision 2020
Panjab Singh
3 Food Security and Nutrition : Vision 2020
R. Radhakrishna and K. Venkata Reddy
4 Employment in India : Vision 2020
Shailendra Sharma
5 Education : Vision 2020
J.S. Rajput
6 Towards a Knowledge Society : Vision 2020
Garry Jacobs and N. Asokan
7 Health Care in India : Vision 2020
R. Srinivasan
8 Health, Nutrition, Population : Vision 2020
Prema Ramachandran
9 The Profile of Empowered Woman : Vision 2020
Sarala Gopalan
10 Social Defence : Vision 2020
Hira Singh
11 Issues Concerning Vulnerable Groups : Vision 2020
H.S. Saksena
12 Social Dimensions of Long Term Growth : Vision 2020
M.C. Verma
13 Infrastructure Financing and Emerging Pattern of Urbanisation :
Vision 2020
Amitabh Kundu
14 Rural Development and Technology Management : Vision 2020
P.V. Indiresan
15 Telecom Sector in India : Vision 2020
Manas Bhattacharyya
16 Transport : Vision 2020
Mahesh Kapoor
17 Water Policy and Action Plan for India 2020 : An Alternative
G.N. Kathpalia and Rakesh Kapoor
18 Sustainability of India's Material Resources : Vision 2020
R.K. Pachauri and Pooja Mehrotra
19 India's Trade in 2020 : A Mapping of Relevant Factors
Nagesh Kumar
20 The Financial Sector : Vision 2020
Rohit Sarkar
21 Vision of Peace in 2020
Jasjit Singh
22 Governance and People's Participation : Vision 2020
H. Ramachandran

India Vision 2020 Committee

S.P. Gupta
Chairman, Committee on India Vision 2020;
Member, Planning Commission. Government of India, New Delhi;
Former Adviser, Global Modelling, The World Bank, Washington D.C.

Amit S. Ray
Member Secretary, Committee on India Vision 2020;
Professor of Economics, School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

-------Members and Contributors-------

Manas Bhattacharyya
Deputy Director General (Finance),
Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communi-
cation and IT, Government of India, New Delhi.
Ashish Bose
Former Professor, Institute of
Economic Growth, Delhi.
P. Chaturvedi
Chairman, The Institute of Engineering,
New Delhi.
Sarala Gopalan
Former Secretary to Government of India, Women and
Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource
Development, New Delhi.
M.C. Gupta
Former Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration,
New Delhi.
Professor, Indian Council for Research on International
Economic Relations (ICRIER), Delhi.
P.V. Indiresan
Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi;
Former Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai)
Ramaswamy R. Iyer
Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.
Garry Jacobs
The Mother’s Service Society, Pondicherry.
Mahesh Kapoor
Former Consultant, The World Bank, New Delhi.
G.N. Kathpalia
Alternative Futures : Development Research and
Communication Group, New Delhi.
Nagesh Kumar
Director General, Research and Information System for the
Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi.
Amitabh Kundu
Professor, Centre for Studies in Regional Development,
School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
P.N. Mari Bhat
Professor, Population Research Centre,
Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.
RK. Pachauri
Director General,
Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi.
V.A. Pai Panandiker
Former Director, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.
V.R. Panchamukhi
Chairman, Indian Council of
Social Science Research (ICSSR). New Delhi
R. Radhakrishna
Director, Indira Gandhi Institute of
Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai.
J.S. Rajput
Director General, National Council of Educational
Research & Training (NCERT), New Delhi.
H. Ramachandran
Director, Institute of Applied Manpower Research
(IAMR), New Delhi.
Prema Ramachandran
Adviser (Health), Planning Commission,
Government of India, New Delhi.
C.P. Ramaswamy
Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.
Shovan Ray
Former Consultant, Planning Commission,
Government of India, New Delhi.
H.S. Saksena
Editor, The Eastern Anthropologist, Lucknow.
S.S. Sandhu
Major General, New Delhi.
Rohit Sarkar
Special Consultant, Planning Commission,
Government of India, New Delhi.
Pronab Sen
Adviser (PP), Planning Commission,
Government of India, New Delhi.
Shailendra Sharma
Adviser, Labour, Employment and Manpower,
Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi.
Hira Singh
Former Director, National Institute of
Social Defence, New Delhi
Jasjit Singh
Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSS), New Delhi; Former Director, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi.
Padam Singh
Additional Director General, Indian Council of
Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi.
Panjab Singh
Director General, Indian Agricultural
Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.
K.C. Sivaramakrishnan
Professor, Centre for Policy Research,
New Delhi.
Krishan Sondhi
New Delhi.
K. Srinivasan
Former Director, Population Foundation of India,
New Delhi.
R. Srinivasan
Member, Independent Commission on
Health in India; Former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi.
K.L. Thapar
Director, Asian Institute of Transport Development,
New Delhi
M.C. Verma
Adviser to Minister of Labour,
Shram Shakti Bhavan, New Delhi.
Pravin Visaria
Late, Professor and Former Director,
Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
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