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.

Areas of work tasked to the State Development Policy Council :-

             I.        Goal Setting (Preparing short, medium and long term Plans and Strategy Documents)

          II.        Monitoring, Evaluation and Policy Advocacy

         III.        Create Policy Coherence

         IV.        Implementation of Special Programmes

 The  present composition of State Development Policy Council  is as follows:


Thiru. M.K. Stalin

Hon'ble Chief Minister


Dr. J. Jeyaranjan

Full Time Member Prof. R. Srinivasan

Part Time Members

Dr. M. Vijayabaskar

  Dr. Sultan Ahmed Ismail
  Thiru. K. Deenabandu IAS., (Retd.)
  Dr. T.R.B. Rajaa, MLA
  Ms. Mallika Srinivasan
  Dr. J. Amalorpavanathan
  Dr. G. Sivaraman
  Padma Shri Dr. Narthaki Nataraj

Ex-officio Members

The Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Department

The Additional Chief Secretary to  Government,

Finance Department


Thiru.  A.R.Gladstone Pushpa Raj, IAS

 The Member 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 Strategy Documents)

 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). 

v 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).

v 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.

v 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.

v The Medium Term document can correspond to the Finance Commission’s award period.

v 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

v Monitor the Tamil Nadu economy and send reports to the Government for improvement as and when necessary;

v Monitor macro economic growth parameters like economic growth, employment, poverty etc. and give advise to Government on restructuring  existing schemes/programmes or formulate new Projects/schemes/programmes;

v 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 mid-course corrections;

v Conduct periodic studies on various sectors and provide inputs and advise to Government:

v 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:

v 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;

v 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;

v 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

v Advise on Policy coherence, covering also inter-sectoral, inter-departmental issues and allocations, regulatory/mandatory frameworks in achieving goals.

v 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.

v 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.

v Encourage partnerships between Government stakeholders and national and international policy advisory bodies, as well as educational and policy research institutions.

v 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

 The following programmes currently being implemented by State Planning Commission are to be continued by the State Development Policy Council:

       1.      State Balanced Growth Fund (SBGF)

      2.      Tamil Nadu Innovations Initiative (TANII)

      3.      Special Area Development Programme (SADP)

      4.      Activities of the Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board (TNSLURB)

V. Others

v 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 (LNOB)

v Undertake such other activities as are required from time to time to further the above.

 State 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 programme.

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 based planning.

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 Nadu.


Home    |   About Us    |    Divisions   |    Five Year Plans    |    Annual Plans    |    SLURB    |    Reports    |    SBGF     |    Top