The Plan panel, headed by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is meeting to approve the Approach Paper to the 12th Plan.
Outlining the broad contours of the approach, Mr Ahluwalia said the priority areas were energy, water, agriculture and manufacturing.
Also, some ongoing schemes could be converged, such as MNREGA could include watershed development, to enhance land productivity.
For infrastructure growth, Mr Ahluwalia advocated greater reliance on public-private partnerships, but systems have to be put in place first.
On poverty, the Deputy Chairman said if the country grows at 8.5 to 9 per cent, "I would expect poverty below 5 per cent by 2025."
In a new initiative, the Approach Paper has devoted a full chapter to ‘governance deficit'. This is particularly significant in the backdrop of anti-corruption protests building up in the country.
However, he said that the Plan panel could only draw a roadmap, but implementation would require political consensus.