Finally a chance for all our young friends to get involved in the preparation of the 12th Five-year plan!

The Planning Commission has opened itself to consultations with different constituencies, that are being spearheaded by various civil society organizations across the country. As Secretariat of the Youth constituency, the Tehelka Foundation feels that it is imperative for all young visionaries to get a chance to voice their opinions on the challenges specified by the Commission.

We invite future youth leaders to get involved and tell us what they think. If you have any inputs on any of the 12 groups of challenges please mail them to us before 2nd December at or and we will make sure your voice is heard!

Following is the list of the 12 challenge groups:

S.No. Key Strategy Challenges
1 Enhancing the Capacity for Growth
Improved Mobilisation of Domestic and Foreign Resources
Reform of the Subsidy Regime
Governance Reforms in Infrastructure, including Public Private Partnerships
Deepening Capital Markets for Better Resource Allocation
Improving Efficiency of Plan Expenditure
Proliferation of Plan Schemes
Capacity Building for Implementation
Concurrent Impact Evaluation
2 Enhancing Skills and Faster Generation of Employment
Massive Effort at Expanding Education and Skills to Reap the Demographic Dividend
Developing Efficient and Fair Labour Markets for all Categories of Workers
Improving Financial and Regulatory Ecosystem for Growth of Enterprises
Sustainable Livelihoods for Alleviation of Poverty
3 Managing the Environment
Land, Mining and Forest Rights
Sustainable Management of Water Resources
Mitigation Strategies for Climate Change
Waste Management and Pollution Abatement
Forestry and Wildlife
4 Markets for Efficiency and Inclusion
Markets for Efficiency
Making Markets Accessible, and Instruments of Inclusion
Synergising Markets and Governance for Optimal Gains
Market Based Solutions for Delivery of Public Services
5 Decentralisation, Empowerment and Information
Vibrant Grassroots Democracy
Making Decentralised Governance Work
Capacity Building for Decentralised Planning
Democratising Information
To Reach the Masses through Information
Using Media for Development
Social Justice for All
Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Minorities
Women, Children, Old Aged, Disabled
Improving the Quality of Public Services
6 Technology and Innovation
Incentivising R&D in Public and Private Sector
Improving Governance in S&T Institutions
University, Industry and Scientific Establishment Collaboration
Platform for Best Practices and Innovations
Improving the Flow of Technology to Agriculture & MSMEs
Harmonization of Standards
Intellectual Property Rights
Use of GIS for Development
S. No. Key Sectoral Challenges
7 Securing the Energy Future for India
Deepen Markets in Power Generation and Distribution
Incentivise Private Investment in Power Projects
Develop Adequate Coal Capacity for Power and Industrial Units
Sharper Reduction in Technical & Commercial Losses
Universal Access to Electric Power and LPG
Increase the share of Renewable Energy; particularly hydro, wind and solar
Expansion of domestic oil and gas exploration, Shale Gas
LNG terminals and oil/gas pipeline infrastructure
Market Pricing of Coal and Transport Fuels
8 Accelerated Development of Transport Infrastructure
Leverage Greater Private Investment in Transport Infrastructure
Expressways, Six-Lane Roads and Minimum Standards for all National Highways
Universal Connectivity through Greater Investment in Rural Roads Network
Modernize Airport and Port Infrastructure, through greater PPP
Dedicated Freight Corridor and Container Terminals
Upgradation and Modernization of Existing Rail Network
Corporatisation of Railways
9 Rural Transformation and Sustained Growth of Agriculture
Rural Roads
Rural Electrification
Drinking Water & Sanitation
Major and Minor Irrigation
Agriculture Technology and Extension
Rationalising Fertiliser Policy
Value Added Agriculture
Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Food Security and Public Distribution
Rural Poverty Alleviation
10 Managing Urbanization
Planned Formation of Urban Conglomerations
Effective Local Urban Governance
Improved Public Infrastructure
Integrated Slum Improvement
Urban Poverty Alleviation
Issues of Environment Sustainability
11 Improved Access to Quality Education
Right to Education (Universal Primary Education with Better Quality)
Expansion of Secondary Education with Vocational Alternatives
Improving the Quality and Reach of Higher Education
Institutions of Excellence which are Truly World Class
Facilitating Private Investment, including PPP in Education
12 Better Preventive and Curative Health Care
Curative: National Health Mission, Medical Education, Indigenous Medicine
Preventive: Women and Child Development Services, Addressing Malnutrition

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