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Planners on vigil

New Delhi, March 22: The Planning Commission today said it is closely monitoring the war being fought in Iraq and evaluating its impact on India. Planning Commission deputy chairman K. C. Pant said, “The commission is closely monitoring the development in Iraq,” and added that the impact of the war on oil import and foreign remittances is being assessed.

“Suitable measures will be taken up at an appropriate time if required,” Pant said. According to him, it is too early to comment on the overall impact but various dimensions of the war are being closely watched. Pant was speaking to reporters after meeting Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh who called on him to discuss financial issues of the state.

Pant said the development potential of the state and problems therein were discussed at the meeting. Detailed discussion in this regard will be held later during the annual plan meeting.

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