National Development Council of India Upsc

National development council

The National development council (NDC) or Rashtriya Vikas Parishad is an apex body for decision-making on development matters in India. It is a non-constitutional and non-statutory body.

The national development council was set up in August 1952 by the Union Government.

Chairman of the national development council

NDC includes all the chief ministers of the states and the Prime Minister as its Chairman.

Member of the national development council

The council includes the Prime Minister(PM) of India, Union Cabinet ministers, Chief Minister(CM) of all the states, or Chief Ministers substitutes, Union Territories representatives, and the members of the Niti Aayog.

NDC and Its role

NDC is a bridge between the Central government, Planning Commission, and State Governments/Union Territories. It provides certain guidelines for the preparation of the plan based on available resources.

It works for the long-term objective and tries to solve the socio-economic issues the nation is facing over the years. Such issues are increasing the national income, per capita income, equitable distribution of resources, poverty alleviation, solving regional disparities, etc.

The inclusion of the states enables the implementation of the plans in the respective states.

The NDC had the role of reviewing the implementation of the plans periodically and discussing various issues relating to the development of the state.

Thereby, it works for effective administrative service and aims at developing resources that are essential for future development.


It is an advisory body, it is an organ of the Planning Commission. Mobilize the resources of the nation.

To provide rapid development to all parts of the nation. Strengthen and mobilize the effort and resources of the country in support of the Plan.

To promote common economic policies in all areas. Ensuring balanced and rapid development of all levels and regions of the country.

To provide social amenities like education, medical care, social services, etc


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* * All the Notes in this blog, are referred from Tamil Nadu State Board Books and Samacheer Kalvi Books. Kindly check with the original Tamil Nadu state board books and Ncert Books.
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