The State Planning Commission was constituted in the G.O.Ms.No.773
Finance (Planning) Department dated 25-05-1971 to help Government to
implement its policies effectively by more efficient utilization of
the material, capital and human resources within the State and
outside it. In the Budget 2017-18, the Government have announced
that the State Planning Commission [SPC] will be replaced by State
Development Policy Council [SDPC] which would advise the Government
on policy coherence and formulation of programmes to guide the
development of the State. Accordingly, the Government has changed
the name of the State Planning Commission into State Development
Policy Council vide G.O. Ms.No.23 PD&SI (SPC) Dept dated 23.04.20.
work tasked to the State Development Policy Council :-
Goal Setting (Preparing short, medium and long term Plans and
Monitoring, Evaluation and Policy Advocacy
Create Policy Coherence
Implementation of Special Programmes
composition of State Development Policy Council is as follows:
Thiru. M.K. Stalin
Dr. J. Jeyaranjan
Dr. M. Vijayabaskar
Sultan Ahmed Ismail
Thiru. K. Deenabandu IAS., (Retd.)
Dr. T.R.B. Rajaa, MLA
Padma Shri Dr.
Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Planning,
Development and Special Initiatives Department
Additional Chief Secretary to Government,
Thiru. A.R.Gladstone Pushpa Raj, IAS
Secretary is responsible for administration in the Council.
Functions assigned to the State Development Policy Council are:-
I. Goal setting (Preparing short, medium & long term plans and
Assist the State Government in formulating long, medium and short
term goals to guide overall development and also achieve the targets
set by the State under Tamil Nadu Vision 2023 and the Sustainable
Development Goals Agenda 2030 (2020 & 2025).
Evolve Sector wise Strategic Plans and documents, both long term (15
year time horizon) and medium term (5 year time frame in consonance
with Tamil Nadu Vision 2023).
The longer term plan, medium term and short term plans are to be
prepared keeping in mind the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to be achieved by
2030, 2025 and 2020.
Shorter term documents should constitute an input into the Medium
Term Fiscal Plan documents that are prepared under the Fiscal
Responsibility and Budget Management [FRBM] Act. This would help
provide clarity for resource allocations.
The Medium Term document can correspond to the Finance Commission’s
In addition to policy priorities, plans could also be informed based
on existing evidence from policy research and rigorous impact
evaluations of policy interventions.
Il. Monitoring, Evaluation and Policy Advocacy
Monitor the Tamil Nadu economy and send reports to the Government
for improvement as and when necessary;
Monitor macro economic growth parameters like economic growth,
employment, poverty etc. and give advise to Government on
restructuring existing schemes/programmes or formulate new
State Development Policy Council should undertake strategic review
of identified large welfare and development programmes based on
State Government funding on a 5 year cycle. There has to be
mandatory review of policies and programmes at defined intervals to
ensure their continued Strategic relevance to the main development
agenda. This function can also be supported by the Department of
Evaluation and Applied Research under the ambit of State Evaluation
Advisory Board. The lessons learnt through monitoring and feedback
will be used for making innovative improvements, including necessary
Conduct periodic studies on various sectors and provide inputs and
advise to Government:
Undertake special studies as required for formulation and
implementation of plan projects and programmes, and in this effort
coordinate with leading institutions both in Tamil Nadu, elsewhere
in India and even overseas:
Assess progress and performance through various Indices including
the Human Development Index, Gender Development Index, and other
Sectoral Indices of relevance to State and in line with
International and National Indices and standards, and advise the
Government for appropriate interventions;
The State Development Policy Council will serve as a clearing house
for various policies and ensure that the various policies are
aligned with the overall objectives of the Government;
The State Development Policy Council should have a role in advising
on scheme design in the case of new schemes and programmes.
Ill. Create Policy Coherence
Advise on Policy coherence, covering also inter-sectoral,
inter-departmental issues and allocations, regulatory/mandatory
frameworks in achieving goals.
Systematically address “policy coherence issues” and offer a
platform for resolution of inter-sectoral and inter-departmental
issues in order to appropriately devise policies, programmes and
schemes and accelerate their implementation. The State Development
Policy Council will coordinate policies, and ensure that conflicts
and contradictions between various policies are minimized. Policy
coherence could be achieved through clear “goal-setting”based on
deeper consultations and feasibility assessments; regular
inter-departmental consultations on the policy being developed; and
a mandatory review of policies, including of the regulatory impact.
Address both policy and allocation issues relating to sectors -
since private sector is an important player and in its behavior is
governed as much by regulations as by allocations. Housing, Urban
Development, Education, Labour and Employment are examples.
Encourage partnerships between Government stakeholders and national
and international policy advisory bodies, as well as educational and
policy research institutions.
Help create a knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurial support
system through a collaborative community of national and
international experts, practitioners and other partners.
IV. Implementation of Special Programmes
following programmes currently being implemented by State Planning
Commission are to be continued by the State Development Policy
State Balanced Growth Fund (SBGF)
Tamil Nadu Innovations Initiative (TANII)
Special Area Development Programme (SADP)
Activities of the Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board (TNSLURB)
Advise on the effectiveness of implementation of mandated systems
and areas needing focus. There is a mandate for Decentralised
Planning under the 73% and 74" Constitutional Amendments and the
State Legislations implementing the Constitutional amendments.
Similarly, advise the Government on plans for Scheduled Castes,
Scheduled Tribes coverage, and on the concept of Leave No One Behind
Undertake such other activities as are required from time to time to
further the above.
Development Policy Council Special Programmes:
A. Tamil Nadu State Innovation Initiatives (TANII)
Based on the announcement of the then Hon’ble Chief Minister under
Rule 110 in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on 08.08.2014 and as a
follow-up on an important theme of the “Vision Tamil Nadu 2023” of
making Tamil Nadu the “Innovation Hub” of the country and to
encourage a culture of innovation in Government and government
agencies, the orders were issued in G.O.(Ms)No.93, Planning,
Development & Special Initiatives (SP.1) Department, dated
26.09.2014 for the establishment of the “Tamil Nadu Innovation
Initiatives (TANII)” in the erstwhile State Planning Commission
(Now State Development Policy Council).
The Government has set up a State Innovation Fund from the financial
year 2015-2016 onwards with a corpus of Rs.150 crore and from
2018-2019 onwards with a corpus of Rs.100 crore being allocated. An
award in the name of “Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation” has
been instituted and will be awarded for the best innovative
practices. The Guidelines for Identification and Implementation of
Innovative Schemes was issued vide G.O.(MS)No.124 PD&SI (SP.1)
Department dated 24.10.2014 and a fund operation guidelines was
issued vide G.O.(MS)No.153 PD&SI (SP.1) Department dated 23.12.2014.
B. State Balanced Growth Fund
The State aims to achieve ‘Numero Uno’ status among the comity of
States. As per the State’s Vision for 2023. The State is one of the
top performers in human development. Yet disparities are observed
among and within districts. The preparation of State and District
Human Development Reports facilitated an analysis on attainments in
terms of Income, Poverty, Employment, Health, Education and Gender.
Based on this, the State Government formulated State Balance Growth
Fund programme to address these regional imbalances.
The State Development Policy Council has identified the backward
blocks, and backward areas in urban bodies such as municipalities
and Corporations. The SDPC would implement this programme through
the District Collectors at the District Level. The District
Planning Cell would coordinate the activities and assist the
District Collector in the implementation.
A State level Empowered Committee under the Chairmanship of the Vice
Chairman, SDPC to approve individual projects has been constituted.
The State Level Empowered Committee shall function as the Steering
Committee to monitor, review and evaluate the implementation of the
A State level Review Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief
Secretary, in which all Secretaries would be members and the Member
Secretary, SDPC would be the convener. The State level Review
Committee will introduce a system of Monitoring System of senior IAS
officers to visit the backward areas to assess advice and then
provide feedback to State Development Policy Council, the State
level Empowered Committee and the District Collector.
C. Special Area Development Programme (SADP)
In the Budget 2015-16, the State Government announced that a new
scheme, the Special Area Development Programme with an annual outlay
of Rs.75 crore would be implemented covering the hilly areas of the
State. The designated areas are in the hill ranges which are at an
absolute altitude of >600 m ASL from the base. The target area is
spread over 11 districts of the State. It also focuses on the buffer
zone adjoining the protected forests areas, which often suffer from
lack of investment as they fall neither in the forests areas nor are
close to habitations but are critical to soil and water
conservation. Hence, the scope of SADP would cover the interaction
between water and production landscapes and human livelihood; water
and ecosystem services and water biodiversity. There would be focus
on enhancing livelihood opportunities insitu on micro watershed
The SADP sectors include Soil Conservation, Forestry and Ecology,
Horticulture, Agriculture, Adi-Dravida and Tribal Welfare, Animal
Husbandry, Renewable Energy, Rural Roads, Gap-filling infrastructure
in Urban and Rural Local Bodies, Agricultural Marketing and Agri
Business, Water Resources Development and Fisheries
It comprises of two units. Under Unit I, area of operation to cover
1. The Nilgiris 2. Coimbatore 3. Tiruppur 4. Erode districts.
Under Unit II, 1. Dindugul 2. Madurai 3. Theni 4. Virudhunagar 5.
Tirunelveli 6.Thenkasi7. Kanyakumari districts are covered.
The programme interventions would ensure that the goal for the
hills of the State, remains consistent with the principle of
biodiversity conservation and sustainable development with the
budget allotment of Rs. 75 crores (unit I&II) every year.
Web Monitoring System has also been established for effective
monitoring of the projects of Special Area Development Programme.
D. Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board (TNSLURB)
The Government (in the G.O.MS. No: 58, Planning, Development &
Special Initiatives (SPC) Dept, dated: 10.02.2011) has created the
“Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board (TNSLURB)” under the
chairmanship of Vice-Chairperson, erstwhile State Planning
Commission. This Board is intended to promote interaction and study
in the vital area of land use. The terms of reference of the
Board include the need to evolve formal interaction with various
stakeholders and to arrive at policy options. The SDPC will also
hold seminars/ workshops and commission studies on sustainable
management of land and water resources.
The objectives of the Board are: (a) To assess the land resources;
provide advice to Government for policy planning; co-ordination;
develop an overview and possible priorities for land use changes,
especially in diversion of fertile agriculture lands; development of
waste lands and marginal lands for alternative uses; and to promote
integrated scientific planning; (b) To review programme
implementation, promote formation of a database and utilize the same
for integrated and perspective planning; (c) To advise the
Government on sound, scientific and policy interventions for
changing environmental factors such as pollution and global warming;
and (d) To conserve and manage land and water resources.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Sustainable Development Goals are a comprehensive most ambitious
development agenda for the world collectively. The 17 goals and 169
targets and 300 global indicators that constitute the Sustainable
Development Goals, address virtually all developmental challenges –
economic, social, environmental and governance.
Government of Tamil Nadu has set up Institutional mechanisms for
SDGs monitoring for which SDPC plays vital role of co-ordinating
various departments through High power committee, Working groups
etc, developing web based monitoring tool etc.
Transformation of Aspirational Districts programme
‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ is Govt. of India
programme for which 115 backward Districts are identified as
Aspirational Districts based on their position in 11 key Parameters
on Poverty, Education, Health, Nutrition and Infrastructure. In
Tamil Nadu, Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar Districts have been
identified. 49 key performance indicators have been chosen to
measure progress of the Districts. State Development Policy Council
is the Nodal Department for implementation of the programme in Tamil