Sonia Gandhi as NAC chairperson; further consolidation of ‘aam admi’ base in governance

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March 29 , 2010
For spearheading the Congress-led the UPA's political strategy for consolidating its ‘aam admi' base, the National Advisory Council (NAC) has been revived with Congress President Sonia Gandhi again as its chairperson, four years after she quit the post in the wake of the office of the profit controversy.Sometime ago, the Parliament passed the Office of Profit Bill that exempted 56 posts, including the chairperson of NAC, from being considered office of profit.
The NAC is an advisory body set up to monitor - with an interface with the civil society - the implementation of the Congress-led the UPA government's common minimum programme. As the NAC chairperson, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, with the status of a Cabinet minister, will lead a team of experts.
The advisory outfit will act as a policy watchdog with an aim for strengthening the social sector and will also act as the extraordinary think-tank outside ministries and the Planning Commission.
The NAC was first formed during the earlier tenure of UPA government on June 4, 2004 and played a decisive role in the enactment of Right to Information Act (RTI), Forest Rights Act and National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).

The re-constituted NAC is to keep a watch on the existing flagship welfare schemes such as the rural employment guarantee programme and scrutinise other proposed legislations, like food security bill, dealing with social sectors, aiming to strengthen the reformative measures for overall inclusive growth.
Significantly, revival of the NAC coincides with assertion of initiatives like the women's reservation bill by the Congress President Sonia Gandhi. NAC in its earlier stint had taken a remarkable initiative to introduce the ‘Right To Information (RTI) Act 2005', that too, in a time-bound period before the end of year 2005 as per assurance by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
It may be mentioned that the NAC's pro-active role has ensured that key programmes are not only spearheaded but as in the case of NREGA, expanded through the length and width of the country, for creating an enabling ambience for developing social sectors in uniform manner.
Connecting with common people through measures aimed for development of one and all, the focus of the NAC has been to bridge the gap in governance with required interventions and also, by legislative proposals.

Now, with the NAC having been revived, with Congress President Sonia Gandhi again to head it, more reformative measures would get strengthened, to help social sectors to develop enormously.

This article is posted by Press Brief.

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