Committees and Commissions

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Committees and Commissions


Mullaperiyar Dam Panel

Mullaperiyar Dam is constructed over the headwaters of the Periyar River river in Kerala, India. It is operated by the Government of Tamil Nadu according to a 999-year lease agreement made during erstwhile British colonial rule. The government of Tamil Nadu has proposed an increase in the storage level of the dam from the currently maintained 136 feet to 142 feet. The Kerala government has opposed this move, citing safety concerns for the more than hundred year old bridge and especially for the thickly populated districts downstream.

A five member Empowered Committee headed by the former CJI,  A S Anand, has been constituted to go into the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam.


Election Commission

The Election Commission of India is an autonomous, quasi-judiciary constitutional body of India. Its mission is to conduct free and fair elections in India. It was established on 25 January 1950[1] under Article 324 of the Constitution of India. The commission presently consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners, appointed by the president.

Its recommendations and opinions are binding on the President of India. However, the decisions of the body are liable for independent judiciary reviews by courts acting on electoral petitions.

The following are the principal functions of the Election Commission of India:

  1. Demarcation of Constituencies
  2. Preparation of Electoral Rolls
  3. Recognition of Political parties and allotment of symbols
  4. Scrutiny of nomination papers
  5. Conduct of polls
  6. Scrutiny of election expenses of candidates


Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC)

It is a statutory body under the Electricity Act 2003. Its main function is to regulate the electricity tariff and inter-state transmission of electricity.

Central Electricity Authority (CEA)

CEA is a statutory body created under the electricity supply act 1948 which has been superseded by the Electricity Act 2003. The CEA advises the government on matters relating to the National Electricity Policy and formulates short-term and perspective plans for the development of electricity systems.


Administrative Reforms Commission


National Anti-Doping Agency

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is the national organization responsible for promoting, coordinating, and monitoring the doping control programme in sports in all its forms in the country. NADA works towards a vision of ’dope free’ sport in India.

World Anti-Doping Agency

WADA is an independent foundation created through a collective initiative led by the international Olympic committee and was set up in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drug in sport.

President: John Fahey

Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE)

CABE, the highest advisory body to advise the Central and State Governments in the field of education, was first established in 1920 and dissolved in 1923. It was reconstituted in 1935 and existed till 1994 till the expiry of its extended tenure. It was reconstituted in 2004. The board consists of members from LS and RS, government representatives (Union, State and UT).

It has an important role in participative decision making in education and plays a pivotal role in reviewing educational development.

Telecom Commission

Estd. 1989

Deals with various aspects of telecommunication. The Telecom Commission and the Department of Telecommunications are responsible  for policy formulation, licensing, wireless spectrum management, administrative monitoring of PSUs, research and development and standardization/validation of equipment etc.

National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector

Ministry of Small Scale Industries, GoI

Estd. 2004

To recommend measures for bringing about improvement in the productivity of these enterprises, generation of large scale employment opportunities on a sustainable basis, enhancing competitiveness, linkage of the sector with institutional framework and formulation of suitable arrangements for skills development.

Income Tax Settlement Commission

ITSC or Wealth Tax Settlement Commission was established in 1976 under the Wealth Tax Act, 1957. It is a quasi judicial body. The objective is to provide a body of experts in problems relating to direct tax to settle tax liabilities in prolonged litigations and complicated cases.

National Disaster Management Authority

NDMA is a statutory body established under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for laying down policies, plans and guidelines for disaster management for ensuring timely and effective response to disasters arising from natural and manmade causes. The Authority has nine Members including a Vice-Chairperson. The Prime Minister of India is the ex-officio Chairperson of the NDMA.


Nutrient Based Subsidy

Government of India has introduced Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) Policy for 2010-11 w.e.f. 1.4.2010 for decontrolled Phosphatic & Potassic (P&K) fertilizers (w.e.f. 1.5.2010 for Single super Phosphate (SS). Under the NBS Policy, subsidy for indigenous and imported P&K fertilizers has been announced on annual basis for 2010-11 based on the prevailing prices and price trends of fertilizers in the international market

Central Water Commission (CWC)

Estd. 1945

Premier organisation in the field of water resources. The Commission is entrusted with the general responsibilities of initiating, coordinating and furthering in consultation of the State Governments concerned, schemes for control, conservation and utilization of water resources throughout the country, for purpose of Flood Control, Irrigation, Navigation, Drinking Water Supply and Water Power Development. It also undertakes the investigations, construction and execution of any such schemes as required.

National Environment Appellate Authority

Estd 1997

Setup by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to address cases in which environment clearances are required in certain scheduled areas. The Authority shall become defunct and the Act shall stand repealed upon the enactment of the National Green Tribunal Bill 2009.

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

Set up in 2007 under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005. The Commission’s Mandate is to ensure that all Laws, Policies, Programmes, and Administrative Mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of India and also the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Child is defined as a person in the 0 to 18 years age group.


Pranab Sen Committee


The committee has been set up under the chairmanship of statistician Pranab Sen to look into the price indexation of wages under MNREGA.

There is also a Pranab Sen committee for slums. It has defined a slum as “a compact settlement of at least 20 households with a collection of poorly built tenements, mostly of temporary nature, crowded together usually with inadequate sanitary and drinking water facilities in unhygienic conditions”.


Sector Committee Recommendation
  Malegam Committee on UTI (2001)  
  Y H Malegam Committee (2010) to study the issues and concerns of MFIs  
Capital Market    
  Bimal Jalan Committee (2010) Makes tougher rules for new bourses (exchanges)



Committee Area
Mahalanobis-Gadgil-Rao National Income
Malegaon MFIs
Abid Hussain Small Scale Industries
C Rangarajan Disinvestment
C Rangarajan Financial Inclusion
SP Gupta Employment
Lakdawala Poverty Estimation
SD Tendulkar Poverty Line
NC Saxena Poverty Estimates
Arjun Sengupta Unorganised Sector
Subimal Dutt Industrial Licensing
Goswami Industrial Sickness
Anwarul Hooda Mining Policy
Kirit Parikh Integrated Energy
Deepak Parekh Infrastructure
Rakesh Mohan Railways
Raghu Ram Rajan Financial Sector
Narsimhan 1 Financial Sector
Narsimhan 2 Banking Sector
Vijay Kelkar FRBM
Y B Ragahavan Competition Policy
K N Raj Agriculture Holding Tax


Masani Road Sector
Rajadhyaksha Aviation Sector
RK Hazari Industrial Sickness
Wanchoo Tax Enquiry
Bimal Jalan Market Infrastructure Institutions (2010)
Vaidynathan Agricultrual Statistics


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