In order to achieve 8% growth rate during the current Plan period, private sector must contribute 50% of the targeted 1 trillion investments, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman, Montek Singh Ahluwalia said, explaining that there are zero prospects of the government being able to finance such projects fully. The private-sector participation in public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects had grown substantially from 10% of the required investment in the 10th Plan period to 37% during the 11th Plan period.

He observed that in the first two years of the 12th Plan India would grow by an average 5.8% annually, even if the upper band of growth projections for the current financial year — 6.1-6.7% — pegged by the Economic Survey is assumed to be true. Even then, it would require the economy to grow over nine% in the last three years of the Plan. He exhorted private sector to share and absorb the risks that are normally associated with model concession agreements under the PPP model and expressed regret that very little thinking had been done by the private sector on such agreements.