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The government has reconstituted the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council for a period of two years.


  • Economist Bibek Debroy will continue to be Chairman of the EAC-PM.
  • Former NITI Aayog Principal Advisor Ratan P Watal will remain the Member Secretary of the panel.
  • Apart from these two full-time members, the EAC-PM will have two part-time members.
  • Ashima Goel has been retained as one of the part-time members, whereas Sajjid Chinoy has been brought in as a new member on the council.

What is EAC-PM?

  • It is an independent body constituted to advise the government (especially prime minister) on economic and related issues.
  • The Economic Advisory Council was set up with a view to provide a sounding board for inculcating awareness in Government on the different point of view on key economic issues.
  • The Economic Advisory Council was reconstituted time and again with different organizational structures headed by various economists who are of recognized international eminence.


  • Analyzing any issue, economic or otherwise, referred to it by the Prime Minister and advising him thereon;
  • 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;
  • Submitting periodic reports to the Prime Minister on macroeconomic developments and issues with implications for economic policy;
  • Attending to any other task as may be desired by the Prime Minister from time to time.


  • The EAC-PM has been reconstituted at a time when the economy is going through a tough phase.
  • Several sectors have reported slump in performance and latest macro-economic numbers have reflected slowdown in economic growth.
  • Asian Development Bank had slashed India’s growth forecast to 6.5 per cent for the current fiscal, weighed down by the GDP growth rate dipping to a six-year low in the first quarter.

[Source: Business Today,]


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