Rajiv Kumar was renamed as the vice-chariman of National Institute for Transforming India (Niti Aayog).
Prime minister Narendra Modi approved the reconstitution of think tank Niti Aayog on Thursday. Rajiv Kumar was renamed as the vice-chariman of National Institute for Transforming India (Niti Aayog).
The government has appointed Home minister Amit Shah, Defence minister Rajanth Singh, Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar as ex-officio members.
Transport minister Nitin Gadkari, Commerce and Industry and Railway minister Piyush Goyal, Social Justice minister Thawar Chand Gehlot and Statistics minister Rao Inderjit Singh have been appointed as special invitees.
Vice chairman Rajiv Kumar will be accompanied by other full-time members V K Saraswat, Ramesh Chand and V K Paul, as per an official statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to chair his fifth meeting of NITI Aayog’s Governing Council later this month. The meeting will take place on June 15 and the committe will discuss various issues concerning water management, agriculture and national security. This will be the new Modi government’s first governing council meeting after the PM was re-elected.
National Institution for Transforming India, better known as ‘NITI Aayog’ was constituted in 2015 when the Modi government chose to scrap the 65-year-old Planning Commission.
The Union Cabinet constituted the NITI Aayog via a resolution and replaced the erstwhile planning commission. The apex body includes all chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers along with senior government officials.
Arvind Panagariya was the first vice-chairman of the Aayog. He was replaced by Kumar in September 2017.
Kumar holds a PhD in Economics from Lucknow University and a DPhil from Oxford University. In the government, he was Economic Advisor with Department of Economic Affairs and Senior Consultant at the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices (BICP), Ministry of Industry.