The National Development Council (NDC) 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, which was reconstituted on October 7, 1967, is the highest decision-making authority in the country on development matters.
NDC is neither a constitutional body nor a statutory body.
The National Development Council is presided over by the Prime Minister of India.
NDC includes all Union Ministers, Chief Ministers of all the States and Administrators of Union Territories and Members of the Planning Commission.
Ministers of State with independent charge are also invited to the deliberations of the Council.
The functions of the Council are—
[a] to prescribe guidelines for the formulation of the National Plan, including the assessment of resources for the Plan;
[b] to consider the National Plan as formulated by the Planning Commission;
[c] to consider important questions of social and economic policy affecting national development; and
[e] 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.
 to strengthen and mobilise 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.