The National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi has two contrasting avatars. “One of the major reasons for success of NAC-I was the political push the Left parties provided. In NAC-II, Gandhi did her best but none of the UPA allies backed the recommendations,” said a former NAC member, NC Saxena.
Saxena, an NAC member from 2004 to 2012, said there were fundamental differences in circumstances between the two panels so a comparison of their performance would not be valid. “The economy was growing in UPA-I and during UPA-II it slowed down resulting in fund constraint,” he said. He, however, added that the many schemes originating from NAC-I’s recommendations had not worked because of poor implementation.
Aruna Roy, who opted out of NAC this month, said that there was a balance between growth and social agenda in UPA-I but during UPA-II growth has prevailed over social sector. “In any case, its not a single person be it the Prime Minister or someone else who takes a decision in the government. Every decision is influenced by a set of people whose role we do not even perceive,” she told HT.