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NITI Aayog at one and 2016 agenda: All you wanted to know in 10 points

Sun January 03 2016, 7:47 am
  • Having completed its first year with focus on being an enabler for creating 'Team India' of states, NITI Aayog will now look at strengthening its role as a 'think tank' of the government in the New Year. "First year was about setting up of the institution NITI Aayog. Next year, we will focus on building the think tank function of the organisation," NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya said. Here is all you wanted to know about the NITI Ayog in 10 points:

  • 1. The National Institution for Transforming India, or NITI Aayog came into existence on January 1, 2015 through a Union Cabinet resolution, while replacing the nearly five-decade old Planning Commission or Yoyana Aayog. (PTI photo)

  • In order to support this programme, Gram Arogya Kendra (GAKs) are established at existing Anganwadi Centers (AWC) and are functional in about 49,000/52,000 villages in the state.

  • 3. In 2016, the Aayog will mainly focus on increasing its talent pool to prove its mettle as a think tank for Centre as well states to improve the quality of policy-making and monitoring of the government schemes and programmes. (PTI photo)

  • 4. It will also hire experts in various areas from outside the government system for development of its think-tank capabilities. The process for hiring Officers on Special Duty, consultants and Young Professionals has already begun. (PTI photo)

  • 5. Following the spirit of 'Minimum Government, Maximum Governance', the number of sanctioned staff in the secretariat was reduced from 1255 to 500 with several persons repatriated to other arms of the Government. (Source: website)

  • 6. Apart from reducing headcount to make it a leaner organisation, NITI Aayog undertook a restructuring of its divisions/verticals. At the core of the exercise was the creation of two hubs - Team India and the Knowledge and Innovation Hub - each led by an officer of Additional Secretary level. While the Team India Hub leads the engagement with states, the Knowledge and Innovation Hub is for building NITI Aayog's think-tank capabilities. (PTI photo)

  • 7. NITI Aayog is also looking to become a repository of best practices and data from across the country. Recently, it released a Good Practices Resource Book 2015 which focusses on delivery in the social sectors in India. (Source: website)

  • 8. The Aayog's expert group on agriculture has recently floated a discussion paper with a set of ideas, including exploring use of genetically-modified seeds and minimum crop support price (MSP) reforms, for broader discussion. (PTI photo)

  • 9. In the course of its first year, NITI Aayog has set a new benchmark for cooperative federalism in which the Union and states work together as equals, as part of Team India. (PTI photo)

  • 10. "There was a lot of learning in the first year after creating NITI Aayog. The think tank function of the institution is very important (in view of its new role envisaged by government)," Arvind Panagariya added. (Express photo)

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