Govt. jettisons scientific advisory panelsDOMRPriority 1


Mains Paper 2: Polity | Ministries & Departments of the Government

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: PM-STIAC

Mains level: Committee culture prevalent across departments and its impact on decision making

New advisory council

  1. The government has scrapped two Scientific Advisory Committees (SAC) for the Prime Minister and the Cabinet
  2. They have been replaced with a nine-member, Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC)
  3. The newly constituted body is expected to act as a high-level advisory body to several ministries and execute mission-oriented programmes

Changes made

  1. Unlike in the earlier SACs, secretaries of various scientific ministries such as education, environment and health would be ‘special invitees’ to the council meetings
  2. The PM-STIAC will be chaired by the government’s Principal Scientific Advisor, Dr K. Vijay Raghavan

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