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NITI: ACC revisited it's 51 days old decision, Alok Kumar is being relieved today?

Alok Kumar (IAS:1993:UP) is being relieved today from Niti Aayog consequent upon his repatriation to cadre state (UP). Officials at NITI are perplexed over his repatriation. The development is being seen as something unusual that is a new normal now. 

It may be underlined that the ACC order dated 28 May 2020 announced him an extension for a year beyond 16.06.2020. Fifty-one days later (21.07.2020) the ACC revisited its previous decision (28.05.2020) announcing his repatriation with extended cooling-off.       

It became a talking point that what turned out counter-productive for Alok Kumar; an officer who had been shouldering over 60-70 percent of the key assignments allotted among JS level officials at NITI.  

Since the State Government itself had given its consent (NoC) for his extension in May-June it rules out the possibility that the state government would have recalled his services.  

Considering Centre’s U-turn against its 51 days old decision it appears that something would have irked the higher-ups. It is heard that there were some differences between the Ministry of Health and NITI over policy issues. But it does not sound convincing because differences in opinion are inevitable and healthy ingredients of the decision-making process.    

It is further apprehended whether the decision would cast its shadow over the empanelment for holding Additional Secretary level post in Government of India; a decision which 1993 batch officers are keenly waiting for. Alok Kumar is considered among competent officers and his repatriation leaves a question ‘where is the reward for premium’?

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31 Jul 2020
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NITI: R P Singh assumes charge as PS to VC

Ravindra Pratap Singh (IAS:2007:OR) on Thursday assumed charge as Private Secretary to Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog, at Deputy Secretary level for a period ending 14.02.2023.

Singh replaced Manju Nath Bhajantri (IAS:2011:JH) who moved to Ministry of Railways as PS to MoS.

31 Jul 2020
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NITI: ACC revisited it's 51 days old decision, Alok Kumar is being relieved today?

By IndianMandarins 31 Jul 2020

Alok Kumar (IAS:1993:UP) is being relieved today from Niti Aayog consequent upon his repatriation to cadre state (UP). Officials at NITI are perplexed over his repatriation. The development is being seen as something unusual that is a new normal now. 

It may be underlined that the ACC order dated 28 May 2020 announced him an extension for a year beyond 16.06.2020. Fifty-one days later (21.07.2020) the ACC revisited its previous decision (28.05.2020) announcing his repatriation with extended cooling-off.       

It became a talking point that what turned out counter-productive for Alok Kumar; an officer who had been shouldering over 60-70 percent of the key assignments allotted among JS level officials at NITI.  

Since the State Government itself had given its consent (NoC) for his extension in May-June it rules out the possibility that the state government would have recalled his services.  

Considering Centre’s U-turn against its 51 days old decision it appears that something would have irked the higher-ups. It is heard that there were some differences between the Ministry of Health and NITI over policy issues. But it does not sound convincing because differences in opinion are inevitable and healthy ingredients of the decision-making process.    

It is further apprehended whether the decision would cast its shadow over the empanelment for holding Additional Secretary level post in Government of India; a decision which 1993 batch officers are keenly waiting for. Alok Kumar is considered among competent officers and his repatriation leaves a question ‘where is the reward for premium’?

ALSO READ:

NITI: Tenure of Alok Kumar extended 

(28 May 2020)

NITI: Alok Kumar repatriates to parent cadre 

(21 July 2020)


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NITI: R P Singh assumes charge as PS to VC

By IndianMandarins 31 Jul 2020

Ravindra Pratap Singh (IAS:2007:OR) on Thursday assumed charge as Private Secretary to Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog, at Deputy Secretary level for a period ending 14.02.2023.

Singh replaced Manju Nath Bhajantri (IAS:2011:JH) who moved to Ministry of Railways as PS to MoS.

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Niti Aayog feels that cases might stabilise anytime soon

By IndianMandarins 05 May 2020

With the country reporting the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day at 3900 cases, Niti Aayog feels that rise in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus is expected to stabilize anytime soon. And the government's decision to extend lockdown by two more weeks after May 3 is to consolidate gains of the first and second phase of restrictions.

Niti Aayog member V K Paul said, "The rationale behind extending lockdown till May 17 is that the gains of lockdown need to be consolidated. Real goal of lockdown was to suppress the chain of transmission of the virus. So, we will lose that, if we abruptly end it."

As head of an Empowered Group on medical equipment and management plan to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, he feels that where the situation is good, the opening will take place with caution and care. "Essentially, we think it continuous rise in coronavirus cases is still amenable to containment strategy," he said.

India is nowhere close to the kind of escalation of coronavirus cases that it witnessed during the pre-lockdown phase. In the pre-lockdown stage, doubling of number of cases was in every five days. Before that even at every 3 days. Now, it is in 11-12 days. So, overall the rate of spread has diminished but yes the number still has not stabilized. But it is expected to be stabilized anytime soon.

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Niti Aayog office sealed after employee found COVID-19 positive

By IndianMandarins 28 Apr 2020

Amid the rising cases of COVID-19 cases, Niti Aaayog has sealed its office in after an employee tested positive for the Covid-19. Niti Aaayog is following every protocol as per health ministry guidelines. The building has been sealed and sanitization of the building is underway.
Contacts of the person have been asked to go on self-quarantine. The office will be sealed for two-three days as per the prescribed protocol. Niti Aaayog headed by CEO Amitabh Kant is tasked with leading some of the 11 empowered groups formed by the Union government to deal with the pandemic.
On April 22, Civil Aviation headquarters at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in Jor Bagh was sealed after an employee tested positive for Covid-19. The civil aviation ministry staffer was the first person in a central ministry to have contracted the infection. The office now reopened. 
It may be underlined that recently cases were already detected in few other offices: Lok Sabha Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhavan, ISTM (DOPT) near JNU, Mausam Vibhag, Supreme Court. 

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NITI Aayog says lockdown working as curve started flattening

By IndianMandarins 17 Apr 2020

NITI Aayog has come out with some encouraging picture on COVID-19 pandemic when one of its members stated that the rate of spread of Sars-Cov-2 has slowed sharply in the past month and will decelerate further as a result of the nationwide lockdown.

Dr Vinod Paul is a member of NITI Aayog and heads the empowered group overseeing the Covid-19 medical emergency management plan. As per him the number of infections is now doubling every week compared to 3.5 days in the second week of March. Dr Paul predicted that it would soon reach 10 days.

He along with home secretary Ajay Bhalla has been part of the task force to decide the lockdown period and how to emerge from it that’s when measures such as social distancing were announced, some states shut down selected areas and educational institutions started closing.

India’s infection rate again quickened in the next few days but that is because of the entire Tablighi Jamaat incident. Hundreds of Covid-19 positive cases started emerging from among people who participated in Jamaat’s congregation at Markaz headquarters in Nizamuddin. This has emerged as India’s biggest coronavirus hotspot.

India had 1,013 Covid-19 cases by March 29 but the daily increase over the next couple of days rose. Dr Paul said that it was back on a positive downward curve by April 4 when the doubling rate of infections started easing towards the current seven days.

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Paul and Raghavan as heads of S&T Empowered Committee

By IndianMandarins 05 Apr 2020

The Government of India has constituted a Science and Technology Empowered Committee, chaired by Niti Aayog member Dr. Vinod Kumar Paul and K Vijay Raghavan, to make speedy decisions on research and development of COVID-19.

Raghavan is the Principal Scientific Advisor to GoI. The committee will coordinate with scientists, science agencies, regulatory bodies and industries.

The Committee has consented the institutes operating under CSIR, DRDO, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Science and Technology and IIScs to prepare their labs towards research and testing of COVID-19. The research of testing methodologies are to be stratified by the institutes based on the priorities set by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research).

The medical institutes under the Govt of India have taken up the researches Repurposing of drugs, manufacturing ventilators and test kits Models to predict medical equipment requirements, mathematical models to track the disease spread in the country.

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Uncertainty intensifies amid COVID pandemic: NITI Aayog VC fears GDP slipping to zero or in minus

By IndianMandarins 29 Mar 2020

As various rating agencies are predicting GDP growth of India slipping between 2.5 percent and 3.5 percent but it could slip to zero or even negative in the first quarter due to the impact of countrywide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the deadly Covid-19.

NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar has said that while there is a chance that this may not happen since essential services are functioning and essential goods moving, the virtual shutdown of all other sectors of the economy could result in a zero or negative GDP growth. He further added ha however, everything depends on how long the economic curfew will last. But it is sure that the economy would be hit very hard during this quarter.

However, it is difficult to predict that what would happen beyond June as there is too much uncertainty but everything depends on the length, severity and spread of the pandemic. NITI Ayog ruled out the possibility of a recession as after June.

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Pangariha holds bureaucracy responsible for slow reform

By IndianMandarins 26 Mar 2020

In his latest book, former vice chairman of government think tank NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya delves about Indian bureaucracy that often sufferfrom a socialist overhang leading it to slow down even in the cases of such reforms that the top leadership seeks to implement.

Panagariya writes in his book that the government attempts to privatize a large number of PSUs remained stalled despite the PM’s push to get cabinet approval for the list of companies drawn up by the NITI Aayog.
However, once the matter went to the DIPAM, it remained stuck there,” Panagariya says in his book — ‘India Unlimited, Reclaiming the Lost Glory’, adding that labour law reforms offered another example of how the bureaucracy blocked efforts of the political executive. 
He feels bureaucracy’s adherence to socialism remains deeply rooted in the education its members receive in Indian universities, where faculty members are often wedded to anti-business and anti-market ideology.The book offers many such examples where anyone finds it difficult to break steel framework of bureaucracy. In another example related to civil services reform. PM took s initiative for lateral entry at the top levels of the bureaucracy but going by available information, a conclusion could be reached upon that bureaucracy slowed down the process to such an extant that it was only at the very end of his term that nine officers could be inducted from outside, sense Panagariya, who is a professor of economics at Columbia University.


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