NDC is a link between the Central Government , the State governments and the planning Commission in the field of planning Besides, it is a forum for Centre state deliberations on matters of national importance , and a platform for sharing responsibility between them.
NDC was established in August 1952 by an executive resolution of the GoI on the recommendation of First year plan. Like the planning Commission (PC), it is also a non constitutional, non – statutory body . it is listed as an advisory body to PC and its recommendations are not binding . it makes its recommendations to the Central and State governments. It is required to meet at least twice every year.
Secretary of PC also acts as the Secretary to NDC.