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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reconstituted the Niti Aayog, or the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), by including senior cabinet colleagues Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh as ex-officio members.
The Prime Minister heads the NITI Aayog, which performs functions of the defunct Planning Commission of India. State chief ministers are governing council members of the high-powered entity. This is a forum where states and the Centre together discuss and decide on plan priorities for the nation.
The new entity was formed by the first Modi government on January 1, 2015 – six months after the NDA government took power from the UPA.
|Dr Rajiv Kumar
Economist Dr. Rajiv Kumar will continue as vice-chairman of the NITI Aayog, with full-time members Ramesh Chand, VK Saraswat and VK Paul. Besides, a government announcement said Union ministers Nitin gadkari, Thawar Singh Gahlot, Piyush Goyal and DV Sadananda Gowda will be special invitees.
Vice chairman Rajiv Kumar’s term with NITI Aayog is co-terminus with the first term of the Modi government, but he will continue in the post “till further orders,” the government announcement said, meaning a change is likely.
Dr Rajiv Kumar is vice chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics in Pune. He has a D.Phil in Economics from Oxford University. He is founding director of Pahle India Foundation. IHN-NN