Palaniswami to head State Development Policy Council

Chennai, May 25:

The Tamil Nadu government has recently reconstituted the State Planning Commission as the State Development Policy Council (SDPC). A Government Order in this regard was issued last month.

The SDPC would be headed by the Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami like the erstwhile State Planning Commission and would have a Vice-Chairman, a permanent member and 12 part-time members, who are experts in various fields, besides consultants with specific expertise. Former Finance Minister C. Ponnaiyan is the Vice chairman of SDPC.

The State Planning Commission has been reconstituted as State Development Policy Council. With some of the functions of the erstwhile Planning Commission such as planning, the SDPC would have additional responsibilities such as monitoring and evaluation of various State government schemes.

The permanent member would be appointed within a week and several profiles were being scrutinised for part-time members and consultants. The SDPC would focus on all three parts of the development agriculture, which is the primary sector, industries, which form the secondary sector and consumer services, which constitute the tertiary sector. The SDPC would continue to function from the fifth floor of Ezhilagam complex in Chepauk here.

During budget session in 2017, then Finance Minister D. Jayakumar announced the State Assembly,that Tamil Nadu Government has decided to replace the State Planning Commission with a Development Policy Council in consonance with the Centre’s approach in doing away with distinction between plan and non-plan allocations.

He said the Union Government had done away with the distinction between Plan and Non-Plan allocations in the budget formulation from 2017-18.

The state government welcomed the Centre’s move since it was one of the long standing demands of late AIADMK supremo and chief minister Jayalalithaa as it would simplify the budgetary process and keep the focus firmly on the functional classification of expenditure, he said.

“In consonance with the above approach, this government will replace the State Planning Commission with the State Development Policy Council to advise the Government on policy coherence and formulation of programmes to guide development of the State”, Jayakumar said.

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