The PM Narendra Modi-led central government has appointed Ramanathan Ramanan, a senior executive of the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as the director of the centre’s Atal Innovation Mission under NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog. In order to bring about a change in the governance, promote efficiency and innovation the government is shifing focus to other sectors when it comes to recruiting fresh and incisive talent to ensure the ambitious goals and targets are met. Ramanan who is currently working with TCS as a Vice President is the latest example of the government’s experiment, according to a Jagran report.
Amitabh Kant, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Policy Commission while talking about Ramanathan Ramanan’s recruitment said that he has been appointed at the additional secretary level but the government will not be paying any salary or allowances to him. But some flexibility has been worked into the case. His earnings will be restricted to what he gets from TCS only, but facilities like accommodation and travel will be provided by the government.
Kant further said that in order to promote innovation in the country, the government is trying to bring talent from the private sector into the public sector as the working of both the sectors are different. Like the appointment of Ramanathan Ramanan from a private sector into a government think tank, the coming future can see many such other appointments at the higher post. Of course, among the first such eye-ball grabber appointments was that of Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani – he famously drove the Aadhaar project to success.
Formed in the year 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NITI Aayog or the National Institution for Transforming India commission serves as a Government of India policy think tank that replaced the Planning Commission of India. It is headed by PM Narendra Modi as the chairman and the council of NITI Aayog consists of the Chief Ministers of all the Indian States and Union territories. Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official Amitabh Kant is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog.