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NITI Aayog set to hire private sector talent, offers salaries in excess of Rs 2 lakh per/mth, higher than pay of Cabinet Secretary

The think-tank has proposed to hire advisers on deputation basis with monthly pay up to Rs 2.11 lakh and other allowances

NITI Aayog set to hire private sector talent, offers salaries in excess of Rs 2 lakh per/mth, higher than pay of Cabinet Secretary
Niti Aayog has proposed to hire advisers for 5 years and extendable up to 7 years. (PTI)

After ceding more than half of the manpower inherited from its erstwhile avatar, the Planning Commission, Niti Aayog may now attract private talent by proposing to pay Rs 2.88-3.64 lakh/month to advisers in assorted fields, higher than even the pay of the Cabinet Secretary.

In the draft recruitment rules published recently for the post of adviser/senior adviser (equivalent to joint secretary/additional secretary post in the government), the think-tank has proposed to hire advisers on deputation basis in Level 14 in pay matrix (monthly pay up to Rs 2.11 lakh and other benefits like house, transport, medical, CPF, EL and other allowances) or initial consolidated remuneration of Rs 2.88 lakh/month to direct recruits on contract basis. Similarly, it has proposed to hire senior advisers (additional secretary equivalent) in the Level 15 of pay matrix (monthly pay up to Rs 2.18 lakh and other benefits) or initial remuneration of Rs 3.64 lakh/month to contractual candidates.

After implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations, the Cabinet Secretary draws the highest pay among all career civil servants with a monthly pay of Rs 2.5 lakh plus other benefits, after serving the government more than 30 years.

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Niti Aayog has proposed to hire advisers for 5 years and extendable up to 7 years. The selection of advisers will be made by a departmental selection committee headed by the member in-charge of concerned subject in the Niti Aayog in consulation with vice-chairman of the think-tank.

For senior advisers, the eligibility criteria is proposed to be minimum 15 years’ experience (which shall include upto 3 years for Ph.D. provided no work experience is counted during those 3 years) in formulation, appraisal, execution/ implementation, research, monitoring and evaluation of policy, programme or projects. For advisers, it is proposed to be minimum 13 years’ experience (which shall include upto 3 years for Ph.D.).

The government think tank has also issued similar draft recruitment rules for hiring of deputy advisers with either in the level 12 of pay matrix or consolidated pay of Rs 1.57 lakh/month. Similarly, it has also proposed to give options to pay enhanced salary to senior research officers (Rs 1.35 lakh initial consolidated pay) and research officers (R1.12 lakh) in the think-tank. The Narendra Modi government which stresses on minimum government and maximum governance, could well tap private talents in other departments also going forward. Niti Aayog, which succeeded the Planning Commission, pruned the erstwhile body’s manpower by more than half from about 850.

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First published on: 16-03-2017 at 06:04 IST