What is composition of Planning Commission?

Q.  Which of the following is/are true regarding the composition of Planning Commission?

1) Planning Commission has no state representation.
2) Planning Commission is non-statutory and non-constitutional body.

- Published on 15 Mar 17

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Both 1 and 2
    Planning Commission -

  • Advisory Planning Board constituted in 1946, under the chairmanship of K. C. Neogi recommended establishing Planning Commission.

  • It was established in March 1950 by an executive resolution of the Government of India.

  • It is non-statutory and non-constitutional body.

  • Supreme organ of planning for social and economic development in India is Planning Commission.

  • The critics have called it as a ‘Super Cabinet’, a ‘Parallel Cabinet’, the ‘Fifth Wheel of the Coach’, an ‘Economic Cabinet’ etc.

  • Composition -

    (a) Prime minister of India (Chairman of the commission) - He presides over the meetings of the commission.

    (b) Deputy chairman (de facto executive head (i.e., full-time functional head)) -

    (i) responsible for the formulation and submission of the draft Five-Year Plan to the Union Cabinet;

    (ii) appointed by the Central cabinet for a fixed tenure;

    (iii) enjoys the rank of a Cabinet Minister;

    (iv) not a member of cabinet but is invited to attend all its meeting (without a right to vote);

    (c) Some Central Ministers -

    (i) appointed as part-time members;

    (ii) finance minister and planning minister are the ex-officio members.

    (d) 4 to 7 full-time expert members enjoying rank of a minister of state.

    (e) A member-secretary senior member of IAS.

  • It is completely a centre-constituted body with no state representation.

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