Which Plan is Called a Rolling Plan?

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : July 12th, 2022

Rolling Plan was the sixth five-year plan introduced by the Janata Government in 1978-83, after suspending the fifth five-year plan in 1977-78. The Rolling Plan stated that every year the performance of the plan will be assessed and a new plan will be made next year based upon this assessment. The Rolling Plan consists of three kinds of plans that were proposed.

The sixth five-year plan was again rejected in 1980 by the Indian National Congress and it again proposed a new Sixth Plan.

Assessment of the Rolling Plan

The Rolling Plan consists of three kinds of plans that were proposed.

  • The first plan was for the current year which comprised the annual budget. 
  • The second plan was for a fixed number of years, such as for 3, 4, or 5 years, and kept changing as per the requirements of the economy. 
  • The third plan was a prospective plan for 10- 20 years, with no dates of commencement and end.

The main advantage of the Rolling Plan was that they were flexible and were able to overcome the rigidity of fixed five-year plans. They changed and mended targets, projections, allocations, the objectives as per the needs and requirements of the Indian Economy. Whereas, the main disadvantage associated with this plan was that if the targets were revised every year, it would have become difficult to achieve them, pertaining to the complex administrative system of the country. 

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  • The Rolling Plan was introduced by the Janata party led by Morarji Desai. It rejected the Fifth five year Plan of the preceding Congress government and launched the rolling plan as per the needs of the economy due to the inherent flexibility in the plan.

  • The Rolling Plan was introduced in 1978-83, after removing the fifth five year plan in 1977-78. Rolling Plan was the sixth five year plan introduced by the Janata Government.

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