ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The National Advisory Council Experiment

The functioning of the NAC raised questions about the role of bodies that do not have political legitimacy. 

The National Advisory Council (NAC) was set up in 2004 under Congress president Sonia Gandhi to monitor the progress of the implementation of the National Common Minimum Programme, provide inputs for the formulation of policy by the government and support the government in its legislative business. The NAC has folded up after the government decided not to extend the tenure of its members beyond March 31. For a body that began amidst much publicity and an equal amount of controversy, and contributed to some of the more important legislation enacted by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, the NAC’s demise went almost unnoticed.

The NAC, made up of well known names from academia and grassroots organisations, was directly serviced by the prime minister’s office (PMO), and all expenditure was borne by the central government. It had powers to obtain information from any ministry through the PMO and its chairperson had the rank of a union cabinet minister.

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