Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that with the abolition of the Planning Commission, the government has the task of addressing social and economic inequalities.

Singh, speaking after inaugurating Bengaluru Dr B R Ambedbar School of Economics (BASE) here on Wednesday, said developing planning through the commission was designed to ensure the abolition of inequalities. “In 2013-14, we had set out to address social and economic inequalities, and our guiding vision was to implement it, but still our work is incomplete.”

He said unprecedented political power is depriving and impacting 90 per cent of India’s marginalised population.

Political mandate and secured policies, including prudent affirmative actions, can reduce disparities and create opportunities for upward social and economic mobility for traditionally discriminated communities.


Later, while interacting with reporters, Singh said he hopes hitches and glitches are set right as early as possible to set the GST rolling in the country.

Talking about fall in growth rate, Singh was of the opinion that country needs to achieve consistent 7 per cent growth in the next two quarters to achieve desirable results for the fiscal.

On reviving economy, he said the government first should give priority to initiate measures to revive stalled projects. “Stalled projects needs to be revived on priority, govt and PSUs spending is satisfactory. What is worrisome and needs immediate attention is private sector. Government needs to immediately call a meeting of all sake holders and address their grievances.”

Praising Karnataka for its best bureaucratic set-up and measures taken to eradicate social injustice, Singh said the State has followed the highest standard of fiscal discipline.

Heaping praise on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Singh said he has presented 12 Budgets with an eye on social justice. He said Karnataka was the first State to implement the Food Security Act by rolling out the Anna Bhagya scheme of providing 7 kg rice free, which has benefited 1.16-crore families.