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States' reform forum meet begins today

Our Bureau

NEW DELHI, Nov. 22

THE India States Reform Forum will hold its three-day meeting here, beginning from Thursday, which would bring together senior politicians and bureaucrats from all the States along with top-class national and international experts.

Being sponsored by the Planning Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy and a group of funding agencies including the World Bank, the ADB, UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Netherlands and the Swiss Development Corporation, a spokesperson of the Forum said that it would address key issues in relation to reforms ion general and fiscal and governance reforms in particular.

It would also provide an opportunity to learn across States, as well as from internationally renowned reform practitioners and experts.

While the inaugural meeting is to be addressed by the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr K.C. Pant, on November 23, the Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, and the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Digvijay Singh, would address the closing sessio n on November 25 when the session is to be chaired by the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Dr C. Rangarajan. The former Finance Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is also chairing a session at the inaugural day's post-tea session in the forenoon.

Other important speakers include the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Economist of the World Bank, Mr Nicholas Stern, the former Finance Minister, Argentina, Mr Domingo Cavalho, Dr Raja Chelliah, a distinguished tax exper t, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Member, Planning Commission, Mr N.C. Saxena, Member-Secretary, Plan panel, Dr N.J.

Kurien, Advisor, Planning Commission and several prominent international experts.

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