Government to scrap NDC

The National Development Council, set up on 6 August, 1952 by an executive order of the government, served as “the highest decision-making authority” in the country on development matters.

One of the most significant of its decisions was the creation (as part of the Gadgil-Mukherjee exercise) of “special category” of States, and the criteria for determining whether a State could receive the status and related financial support from the Centre.

“The National Development Council was set up by a Cabinet resolution and so its metamorphism into the NITI Aayog’s Governing Council will also be through a resolution of the Cabinet,” the source said. It was on recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission that the NDC was reconstituted and its functions redefined on October 7, 1967.

Initially, it comprised the Prime Minister, the Chief Ministers of all States and the members of the Planning Commission. In the first meeting of the NDC held on 8-9 November 1952, its first chairman and India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru stated that the NDC is essentially a forum for “intimate cooperation” between State governments and the Centre for all the tasks of national development.

The reconstituted NDC comprised of the Prime Minister, all the Union Cabinet Ministers, the Chief Ministers of all States and Union Territories and the Members of the Planning Commission. The Delhi Administration is represented in the Council by the Lt. Governor and the Chief Executive Councillor, and the remaining Union Territories by their respective Administrators.

In the reconstituted Council, the Secretary of the Planning Commission acted as Secretary to the NDC. In all, 56 meetings of the NDC have been held, the last being on 22nd October 22, 2011 to consider the approach to the 12th Plan.

The 50th meeting of the NDC, held on December 21, 2002, was chaired by the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

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