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First NAC meeting on Thursday

The newly-constituted National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi will have its first meeting here tomorrow.



New Delhi: The newly-constituted National
Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Congress President Sonia
Gandhi will have its first meeting here tomorrow.

There is no structured agenda for the meeting which would
primarily be introductory in nature, sources said.

The 14-member NAC was constituted on June 1 and is
expected to advise the government on various social programmes
like food security and rural development.

After the meeting, the members will call on Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh.

Gandhi, who had resigned from the NAC in March 2006
following office-of-profit controversy, was again named its
Chairperson on March 29.

The members, representing experts from diverse fields,
include Agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan and social
activist Aruna Roy.

Music exponent and Rajya Sabha member (nominated) Ram
Dayal Munda, Planning Commission member Narendra Jadhav,
North-East Hill University Vice Chancellor Pramod Tandon and
ecologist Madhav Gadgil are also members of the Council.

It also includes social worker Deep Joshi, businesswoman
Anu Aga, women`s rights activist Farah Naqvi, former
bureaucrat-turned-rights activist Harsh Mander, Mirai
Chatterjee of Ahmedabad-based SEWA (Self Employed Women`s
Association), economist-activist Jean Dreze, retired
bureaucrat N C Saxena and economist A K Shiva Kumar.

Roy, Dreze, Saxena and Shiva Kumar were members of the
NAC during UPA-I.

Rita Sharma, an IAS officer, who retired as Rural
Development Secretary earlier this year, has been appointed as
Member Secretary.

The term of NAC members will be for one year but it
could be extended.

Singh had earlier said that the NAC would introduce a
"new dimension" to the working of the government by providing
"very important inputs" that would impact the impulse of the
civil society and people.

The NAC was first formed during UPA-1 and had played a
role in the enactment of Right to Information Act, Forest
Rights Act and National RuralEmployment Guarantee Act.

PTI

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