The National Advisory Council
(NAC) of India
is an advisory body set up to monitor the implementation of the UPA
government's manifesto, the Common Minimum Programme
(CMP). It is a brainchild of Congress party president, Sonia Gandhi
. It is also informally called as UPA's Planning Commission for social agenda. On 23 March 2006, Sonia gandhi had resigned from the post of chairmanship of the NAC after Office of profit controversy. On 29 March 2010, she was back as the chairperson of NAC.
NAC was set up on 4 June 2004 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
, during UPA-I, to implement the National Common Minimum Programme, or CMP.
The leader of the Congress
party, Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of NAC, holding the status of a cabinet minister
. The other members of this council are nominated by the prime minister in consultation with the chairperson. The funds for the functioning of this council are provided from the budgetary allocation for the Prime Minister's Office.
NAC - II (2010 - present)
The NAC - II is a mix of activists, retired bureaucrats, economists, politicians and an industrialist.