The Planning Commission of India was set up in March 1950 by a resolution of Government of India. As per the resolution Prime Minister of India is the ex-officio chairman of the planning commission. The Prime Minister in his capacity as the chairman of planning commission participates and gives direction on all major issues of policy. The Prime Minister is advised by Deputy Chairman and other members of Planning Commission.
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Jawaharlal Nehru were the Prime Minister when Planning Commission was set-up and hence became the first Chairman of Planning Commission.
Dr. Manmohan Singh is the current chairman of Planning Commission of India.
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