Soviet Economic Challenge

Archive Report

Preparation for Struggle with United States

Khrushchev Plan to Overhaul Soviet Industry

Russia's drive to overtake the United States and make the U.S.S.R. the world's leading economic power is being pressed forward under a far-reaching plan of industrial reorganization proposed by Nikita S. Khrushchev, first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, in March and ordered into effect by the Supreme Soviet in May.

The Khrushchev plan calls for abolition by July 1 of more than two dozen ministries in Moscow, establishment of over 90 so-called councils of national economy throughout the Soviet Union, and transfer of more than 200,000 industrial enterprises formerly under control of the central ministries to the jurisdiction of the new regional councils.

The sweeping shake-up is of interest to American experts on Russia both ...

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