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Economic Advisory Council

Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (PMEAC)[1] is a non-constitutional, non-permanent and independent body constituted to give economic advice to the Government of India, specifically the Prime Minister.[2] The council serves to highlight key economic issues facing the country to the government of India from a neutral viewpoint.[3] It advises the Prime Minister on a whole host of economic issues like inflation, microfinance, industrial output, etc.


  • History 1
  • Functions 2
  • Organisation 3
    • Chairman 3.1
    • Members 3.2
    • Officials 3.3
  • Impact 4
  • Reports 5
  • Latest Assessment 2010-11 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The PMEAC has been constituted several times since the independence of India. The last PMEAC, which was constituted on 29 December 2004, headed by

  • Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister Homepage

External links

  1. ^ "Economic Advisory Council Home Page". Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Prime Minister of India Official Website". 2004-12-29. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India". Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "PM's Economic Advisory Council members resign". The Times of India. 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Economic Advisory Council reconstituted". 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  6. ^ a b c "Economic Outlook 2010-2011". Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Planning Commission of India". 
  8. ^ "C. Rangarajan to head PMEAC again". 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  9. ^ ManMohan Singh's Profile
  10. ^ "PMEAC news". 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  11. ^ a b "Interview with C.Rangrajan". 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  12. ^ 14 February 2011, 01.20PM IST,PTI (2011-02-14). "RBI may go for tightening". Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  13. ^ "Growth Rate of india TOI". The Times of India. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  14. ^ "PMEAC chairman backs regulators' autonomy". The Times Of India. 2010-08-07. 
  15. ^ "Cotton Export Policy Business standard article". 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  16. ^ "PMEAC asks govt to withdraw a few tax exemptions in Budget". Business Standard. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Review of Economy 2010-11". PMEAC. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  18. ^ "Economic Outlook for 2010-11". PMEAC. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Review of the Economy 2009-10". PMEAC. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  20. ^ "Economic Outlook for 2009-10". PMEAC. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  21. ^ "Review of the Economy 2008-09". PMEAC. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  22. ^ "Economic Outlook 2008-09". Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  23. ^ "Review of the Economy 2007-08". PMEAC. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  24. ^ "Economic Outlook for 2007-08". PMEAC. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  25. ^ "Economic Outlook 2006-07". PMEAC. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 


See also

  • Economic growth projected at 8.6% for FY2010-11 and 9% for FY2011-12
  • Inflation estimated to be at 7% by March-end
  • Agriculture sector projected to grow 5.4% in 2010-11
  • Industry sector to expand at 8.1% and services sector at 9.6%
  • Fiscal deficit to come down to 5.2% in FY11
  • Exports estimated to increase to $230 billion in FY2010-11
  • Current account deficit to be 3% of GDP
  • Budgeted fiscal and revenue deficit beyond comfort zone
  • Capital inflows projected at $64.6 billion this fiscal
  • Investment rate expected to be 37%
  • Domestic savings rate expected to be 34%

Based on the latest assessment of the Economy of India for the financial year 2010-11, the EAC has highlighted the following:[17]

PMEAC Review of Economy 2010-11 Full Document

Latest Assessment 2010-11

  1. Review of the Economy 2010-11[17]
  2. Economic Outlook for 2010-11[18]
  3. Review of the Economy 2009-10[19]
  4. Economic Outlook for 2009-10[20]
  5. Review of the Economy 2008-09[21]
  6. Economic Outlook 2008-09[22]
  7. Review of the Economy 2007-08[23]
  8. Economic Outlook for 2007-08[24]
  9. Economic Outlook 2006-07[25]

Among the widely read periodic reports of the PMEAC - the annual Economic Outlook [6] and Review of the Economy, the following are the latest editions.


The periodic reports of the PMEAC - the annual Economic Outlook [6] and Review of the Economy - are the most widely followed. Additionally the remarks and opinions of the Chairman and members of the PMEAC get widespread media coverage and are influential in formulation of the policies of other economic agencies, financial institutions and businesses.[10] Many financial periodicals publish interviews and speeches of PMEAC Chairman[11] to understand the most critical economic woes facing the country like inflation, monetary measures,[12] etc. Views of the PMEAC are also sought after to better understand the prospects of economic performance of India like its growth rates[11][13] as well as on policy matters like autonomy of regulators[14] and cotton export policy.[15] In February 2011, PMEAC recommended to the government to initiate the process of fiscal consolidation given that the international financial crisis has started to ease and the government had to re-initiate its commitment to the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act.[16]


  1. Dr. Alok Sheel - Secretary
  2. Sh. Amit Agrawal - Director
  3. Ms. Seema - Director
  4. Ms. Tapasya Obhroi Nair - Deputy Secretary
  5. Sh. Vibeesh E M - Senior Research Officer


In the current PMEAC, the members of the Council are given the rank of Minister of State.[2] At one time even the current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was a member of the PMEAC[9]

  1. Dr. M Govinda Rao (Director-General, National Institute of Public Finance & Policy)- Member
  2. Dr. Saumitra Chaudhury (Economic Adviser, ICRA (Information and credit rating services), India) - Member
  3. Dr. Vijay Shankar Vyas (President, Asian Society of Agricultural Economists)- Member
  4. Dr. Dilip M. Nachane ( Professor Emeritus, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai)- Member

The following are currently the members of the PMEAC:[3]


As of December 2012, Dr. C. Rangarajan is the current Chairman of the PMEAC. Chairman suggests measures to improve the economic condition.[3] He was appointed in August 2009.[8] The Chairman has the rank equivalent to a Cabinet Minister of India.[2]


The PMEAC is chaired by a Chairperson and consists of eminent economists as members.[3] It is supported in its functions by a team of officials and administrators. There is no fixed definition on the exact number of members and staff of the PMEAC. At one point it was even chaired by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee himself. For administrative, logistic, planning and budgeting purposes, the Planning Commission of India serves as the Nodal Agency for the PMEAC.[7]


The primary role of the PMEAC is to give a neutral viewpoint on economic policy matters that are referred to it by the Prime Minister.[2] Additionally it prepares a monthly report of economic developments that need to be highlighted to the PM. For this purpose it closely monitors national and international economic developments and trends and develops appropriate policy responses for the PM. It publishes reports on the annual Economic Outlook [6] and Review of the Economy of India.

  1. Analyzing any issue, economic or otherwise, referred to it by the Prime Minister and advising him thereon;
  2. Addressing issues of macroeconomic importance and presenting views thereon to the Prime Minister. This could be either be suo-moto or on a reference from the Prime Minister or anyone else;
  3. Submitting periodic reports to the Prime Minister on macroeconomic developments and issues with implications for economic policy;
  4. Attending to any other task as may be desired by the Prime Minister from time to time.

Terms of Reference as defined by the PMEAC are as follows:[3]



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