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District Development Councils (DDC)

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

District Development Councils (DDC):


The Centre on October 17 amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, to facilitate the setting up of District Development Councils (DDC).

  • A legislation to this effect was brought in by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

What are DDCs? What are their functions?

This system effectively replaces the District Planning and Development Boards in all districts.

  • They will prepare and approve district plans and capital expenditure.
  • The term of the DDC will be five years.

The council will hold at least four “general meetings” in a year, one in each quarter.


  • Their number has been specified at 14 elected members per district representing its rural areas, alongside the Members of Legislative Assembly chairpersons of all Block Development Councils within the district.
  • The electoral process will allow for reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women.
  • The Additional District Development Commissioner (or the Additional DC) of the district shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the District Development Council.

Who will elect the members of DDC?

They will be directly elected by voters in the Union Territory.


Prelims Link:

  1. About DDC.
  2. Composition.
  3. Functions.
  4. Who will chair these councils.

Mains Link:

Discuss the roles and functions of DDCs.

Sources: Indian Express.