The Planning Commission was[2] an institution in the Government of India, which formulated India's Five-Year Plans, among other functions. It is located at Yojana Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi. It was established in accordance with article 39 of the constitution which is a part of directive principles of state policy.

The Planning Commission has to make periodic assessment of all resources in the country, boost up insufficient resources and formulate plans for the most efficient and judicious utilization of resources.

Following are the functions of the Planning Commission of India:To make an assessment of the resources of the country and to see which resources are deficient.To formulate plans for the most effective and balanced utilization of country's resources.To indicate the factors which are hampering economic development.To determine the machinery, that would be necessary for the successful implementation of each stage of plan.Periodical assessment of the progress of the plan.With the changing times, the Planning commission is preparing itself for long term vision for the future. The commission is seeing to maximize the output with minimum resources.From being a centralized planning system, the Indian economy is slowly progressing towards indicative planning wherein the Planning Commission has set the goal of constructing a long term strategic vision for the future.It sets sectoral targets and provides the catalyst to the economy to grow in the right direction.The Planning Commission plays an integrative role in the development of a holistic approach to the formulation of policies in critical areas of human and economic development.

•Roles and responsibilities are delineated both by statute and by function •Three Primary Functions: –legislative, quasi-judicial, and administrative Different ground rules depending on which function is being fulfilled

Legislative Function

•Policy making activity •Shared by planning commission and local legislative body (selectboard, city council, or village trustees) •Drafting and approval of plans and bylaws •Conducting public hearings •Inviting public participation Determining direction of community

•Three primary roles –Legislative, quasi-judicial, and administrative –Unique ground rules for each •Legislating –Reach out broadly to the community •Quasi-adjudicating –Focus on the parties and the proposal, not policy •Administrating –Little discretion, focus on requirements of the bylaw. ys a key role in an effective land use program