Union government in Month of June 2013 has reconstituted the National Advisory Council by including prominent sociologist Virginius Xaxa into the 12-member panel chaired by Sonia Gandhi.
Virginius Xaxa was inducted with the exit of Aruna Roy from the panel, who had criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for refusing to pay the beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in line with the Minimum Wages Act. Earlier in first week of June 2013 Roy had written to Sonia Gandhi requesting not to consider her for another term of the Council and result was that her request got accepted.
It is important here to note that the term of panel has been made co-terminus with the term of the present government. The work of panel is to give legislative and policy inputs to the government which ranges from the seminal rural jobs scheme to the latest food security bill.
Virginius Xaxa is a Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati and has worked extensively on tribal communities of the country
In addition to chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the Council includes Xaxa, Narendra Jadhav, Pramod Tandon, N C Saxena, A K Shiv Kumar, Deep Joshi, Anu Aga, Farah Naqvi, Mirai Chatterjee, Mihir Shah and Ashis Mondal as members.
About National Advisory Council
The NAC comprises distinguished professionals drawn from diverse fields of development activity who serve in their individual capacities.
The task of the National Advisory Council (NAC) is to provide inputs in the formulation of policy by the Government and to provide support to the Government in its legislative business.
In the discharge of its functions, the NAC will have a special focus on social policy and the rights of the disadvantaged groups.