National Advisory Council

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National Advisory Council
Agency overview
Formed June 2004
Jurisdiction Government of India (Union Government)
Headquarters New Delhi
Agency executive Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson
Website Official site

The National Advisory Council (NAC) of India is an advisory body set up to advise the Prime Minister of India. It is not a constitutional body, instead being created by the first United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Sonia Gandhi has been its Chairperson for much of the tenure of the UPA.


The NAC was set up on 4 June 2004 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during the tenure of the first UPA government, to implement the National Common Minimum Programme, or CMP.[1]

Organization (2010 - present)[edit]

The NAC - II is a mix of activists, bureaucrats (retired and active), economists, politicians and an industrialist.

The members who served on the NAC and resigned are


The NAC was responsible for the drafting of several key bills passed by both UPA governments, including the Right to information act, the right to education act, the employee guarantee act, and the food security bill.


The concept of a NAC has been criticized by opposition parties and some scholars as not being in keeping with India's constitution, because of the possibility that it might emerge as an alternative cabinet.[5][6][7][8] However there's an alternative view which states that the existence of the NAC could deepen democracy by facilitating greater prelegislative/pre-policy consultation.[9] The NAC has also recently finalized draft recommendations for a mandatory prelegislative consultative process [10] which have remarkable potential to democratize lawmaking.[11] Former member, Aruna Roy quit NAC on account of being "upset" with UPA-2.[12] Its widely believed that this council will be abolished in the next government, if India comes under the rule of Mr. Modi.


  1. ^ ' + val.created_at + ' (2010-03-29). "Sonia Gandhi returns as Head of National Advisory Council (NAC)". Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ "About Us: Planning Commission, Government of India". Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Smita Gupta (2010-06-10). "Manmohan acknowledges key role of NAC". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ Mathew Idiculla (2010-06-02). "NAC: think tank, super cabinet or unconstitutional?". Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  7. ^ "‘Formation Of Nac Unconstitutional; Sonia Super PM’". Financial Express. 2004-07-19. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Sonia as NAC head is psuedo-Constitutional power centre: BJP". Indian Express. 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  9. ^ "624 Comment". Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  10. ^ [3][dead link]
  11. ^ "Laws for citizens, and by them too". Indian Express. 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  12. ^ [4][dead link]

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