- The National Development Council (NDC) or the Rashtriya Vikas Parishad is the apex body for decision making and deliberations on development matters in India, presided over by the Prime Minister.
- It was set up on August 6, 1952 to strengthen and mobilize the effort and resources of the nation in support of the Plan, to promote common economic policies in all vital spheres, and to ensure the balanced and rapid development of all parts of the country.
- The Council comprises the Prime Minister, the Union Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers of all States or their substitutes, representatives of the union territories and the members of the Commissions.
- It is an extra-constitutional and non-statutory body. Its status is advisory to planning commission but not binding.
The functions of the Council are
- to prescribe guidelines for the formulation of the National Plan, including the assessment of resources for the Plan;
- to consider the National Plan as formulated by the Planning Commission;
- to consider important questions of social and economic policy affecting national development; and
- to review the working of the Plan from time to time and to recommend such measures as are necessary for achieving the aims and targets set out in the National Plan.