Sonia-headed NAC Meets for Last Time

Published: 06th May 2014 07:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2014 07:48 PM   |  A+A-


The National Advisory Council, a "unique experiment" of involving civil society in government's decision-making, held its last meeting today where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lauded its "legendary" role with a regret that more could not be achieved due to fund crunch.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who headed the NAC, told the meeting here that its success would not have been possible without the support of Singh who has "extraordinary consensus-making abilities", sources said.

She described NAC as a "unique experiment" of involving civil society in decision-making.

Singh, who is not its member but attended the last meeting, said the government wanted to achieve more but could not do so because of financial constraints. He was particularly referring to the suggestion for National Right to Health legislation.

The 18-member NAC, which was seen as a force behind several landmark initiatives including MNREGA, Right to Information, Food Security Act and Land Acquisition Act, adopted a report which contains the proposals made and their status.

Hailing the contribution of NAC, the Prime Minister said its role has been "legendary" as many policies of the government had key inputs from the body.

"The inputs provided by the NAC contributed to the policy changes which are far-reaching," he said.

The Council made 41 recommendations in six categories -- food security and human development, empowerment of SCs and STs, empowerment of women, empowerment of other vulnerable groups, enhancement of efficiency, transparency and accountability and promotion of sustainable development.


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