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The first plan holiday in independent India covered the period?
1. 1965 - 67
2. 1966 - 68
3. 1966 - 69
4. 1965 - 98

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : 1966 - 69

The correct answer is 1966 - 1969.

  • The first plan holiday in Independent India covered the period from 1966-69.
  • The main reason behind the holiday were the Indo-Pak war and the Sino-India wars.
  • During this planned holiday, annual plans were made and equal priority was given to agriculture its allied sector, and the industrial sector.
  • During these plans, a whole new agricultural strategy was implemented.
  • It involves the widespread distribution of high-yielding varieties of seeds, extensive use of fertilizers, exploitation of irrigation potential, and soil conservation.

  • Other Plan Holidays 
    • Rolling Plan came into effect from 1978-1980.
      • There were 2 Sixth Plans. Janta Govt. put forward a plan for 1978- 1983 emphasizing employment, in contrast to Nehru Model which the Govt criticized for the concentration of power, widening inequality & for mounting poverty.
      • However, the government lasted for only 2 years.
      • Congress Govt. returned to power in 1980 and launched a different plan aimed at directly attacking the problem of poverty by creating conditions of an expanding economy.
    • Annual Plans from 1990-1992 because the eighth Five Year Plan could not take place due to the volatile political situation at the center.

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