NITI AYOG

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Bhajantari appointed PS to VC, NITI Aayog

Manjunath Bhajantri (IAS:2011:JH) was on Monday appointed as Private Secretary to Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog for a period of five years at Under Secretary level.  

10 Sep 2019
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Did Jairam Ramesh hit the Bulls Eye?

The BJP might have earned applaud from all across sans handful opposition leaders over abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, but current economic slowdown with GDP @ 5 % appears to be the point on which opposition can take on BJP.


Taking a cue, Jairam Ramesh took a lead in social media when he tweeted that “Ever know what NITI in Niti Ayog stands for? It’s clearly Not In Touch With India”.

 

In a select gathering of retired bureaucrats, his pot-shot at NITI Aayog had become the center of discussion. A former Secretary of a key department observed that when the opposition leaders are clueless over how to make their criticism correct, sharp and acceptable to the masses, Ramesh’s Tweet seems to have hit bulls eye as it was well received in social media. Another retired civil servant observed that most of the opposition leaders have lost their credibility whereas a few still remain acceptable and authentic in public. So it was his clean image and not sharpness of his Tweet that made it effective.

09 Sep 2019
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Bhajantari appointed PS to VC, NITI Aayog

By IndianMandarins 10 Sep 2019

Manjunath Bhajantri (IAS:2011:JH) was on Monday appointed as Private Secretary to Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog for a period of five years at Under Secretary level.  

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Did Jairam Ramesh hit the Bulls Eye?

By IndianMandarins 09 Sep 2019

The BJP might have earned applaud from all across sans handful opposition leaders over abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, but current economic slowdown with GDP @ 5 % appears to be the point on which opposition can take on BJP.


Taking a cue, Jairam Ramesh took a lead in social media when he tweeted that “Ever know what NITI in Niti Ayog stands for? It’s clearly Not In Touch With India”.

 

In a select gathering of retired bureaucrats, his pot-shot at NITI Aayog had become the center of discussion. A former Secretary of a key department observed that when the opposition leaders are clueless over how to make their criticism correct, sharp and acceptable to the masses, Ramesh’s Tweet seems to have hit bulls eye as it was well received in social media. Another retired civil servant observed that most of the opposition leaders have lost their credibility whereas a few still remain acceptable and authentic in public. So it was his clean image and not sharpness of his Tweet that made it effective.

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Appointment of IB & RAW chief cleared; Kant continues as CEO, NITI

By IndianMandarins 26 Jun 2019

As Indianmandarins had reported first (see weblinks) the NaMo administration on Wednesday cleared the appointment of Arvind Kumar (IPS:1984:AM) as Director Intelligence Bureau and Samant Kumar Goyal (IPS:1984:PB) as RAW Chief. Further, the Amitabh Kant (IAS:1980:KL), the outgoing CEO of NITI Aayog, was given extension for a period of two years ending June 30, 2021. Kant's extended tenure (six months) was scheduled to be over on June 30. 2019.


Arvind Kumar replaces Rajiv Jain (IPS:1982:JH) whereas Samant Kumar Goyal replaces Anil Kumar Dhasmana (IPS:1981:MP). 

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PM's agri committee: officers to be selected on rural track records

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2019

Officials have begun pitching for inclusion in the top-level committee to be formed soon for drafting a blueprint for structural reforms in agriculture. Since this new committee would have several central ministers and CMs like the previous GST Council and committees, all senior officers are vying for a place on the committee.

 

Since its formation may take a while, Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant may like to pick up officers who are more tuned with the PM's vision.

 

The formation of the committee was announced by the PM during the fifth governing council meeting of the Aayog.

 

On the Agenda of the meeting were the following items:

Transforming Agriculture: Need For Structural Reforms With Special Emphasis On Reforming Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act; and Essential Commodities Act (ECA) 

 

The following additional items were also there:

  • Rain-Water Harvesting
  • Drought Situation and Relief Measures
  • Aspirational Districts Programme – Achievements And Challenges

 

The Prime Minister called upon all the CMs, except a few absentees, to reform the agri-economy to generate employment and improve rural terms of trade.

 

The core agenda items included the need to review the implementation of the  Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act and possible reform in the form of the Model APMC Act as well as exploring changes in the Essential Commodities Act, to ensure fair remuneration for the farmers, streamlining of supply, driving more investment into the sector and predictability of policy at national and regional levels.

 

The PM emphasized the need for undertaking structural reforms in agriculture including encouraging corporate investment, strengthening logistics and focusing on food processing.

 

NaMo appreciated the efforts of the States towards water conservation and urged all States to streamline and implement innovative water management measures. The creation of the Ministry of ‘Jal Shakti’, he pointed out, was a key step by the Union Government to develop an integrated and holistic perspective on the water as a developmental resource.

 

There was broad consensus on reducing water wastage, promoting efficient water conservation practices across States, with rain-water harvesting to be undertaken at the household and community level with proactive policy and investment support. Various Chief Ministers presented best practices from their respective states which can serve as templates for replication across the country.

 

Many States such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Gujarat, and Karnataka have adopted good practices in water conservation and rainwater harvesting. Some innovative steps include the Jalyukt Shivarin Maharashtra which made 11,000 villages drought free, Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyaan which resulted in five feet rise in groundwater in 21 districts, and Mission Kakatiya in Telangana which irrigates 19 Lakh Acres. Similarly, Sujalam Sufalam in Gujarat and artificial recharge scheme in Karnataka show that determined action produces good results. The spirit of the meeting was to build on the strength of every State so that each State can learn from the innovation and best practices of other States.

 

The Governing Council also reviewed the implementation of the Aspirational Districts Programme, which has emerged as a major policy innovation in driving inclusive growth. Rapid progress has been achieved across all Aspirational Districts that have participated in this program in 49 key performance indicators of human and social development. Various Chief Ministers noted the success of the program in their respective States and discussed possible schemes for extension of the program to rapidly develop blocks in remote and difficult areas so that the spirit of inclusive development is effectively enforced. The Prime Minister commended the district administration teams on implementing several ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas in the Aspirational Districts resulting in significant transformation in many districts.

 

The Prime Minister also reaffirmed the commitment of the Government to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE), noting that many of the aspirational districts are affected by Naxal violence. He assured the Council that the Ministry of Home Affairs will coordinate with all affected States to decisively end LWE violence and drive the agenda of development in these regions.

 

To achieve the goal of becoming a five trillion dollar economy by 2024, the Prime Minister urged States to aim at increasing their economy by 2 to 2.5 times, which would also increase the common man’s purchasing power. He called upon Chief Ministers to study their State's export potential and work on export promotion.

 

Central ministers and state chief ministers also discussed ways of boosting manufacturing activities and exports to realize the goal of the Indian economy expanding to $5 trillion by 2024. At the beginning of the meeting, Modi had urged all states to work together to tackle socio-economic problems and to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2024, which he said was a "challenging, but achievable" goal.

 

"We cannot be a $5 trillion economy unless states become champions in manufacturing and exports," Niti Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant said.

Rajiv Kumar said India's potential to make gains in the global market should be tapped. "Given what is going on in the global economy today, this is the time we should make the effort to benefit from the gaps emerging in the supply chain in global markets."

 

Kumar also said the Centre will find the contribution of state chief ministers in the Council meeting useful for the Union Budget for FY20, which will be presented in the first week of July.

 

The Council also discussed ways of accelerating developments of the J&K economy. Mining states such as Goa brought the attention of central ministers to their declining mining output. North Eastern states sought logistics support for exporting to other Asian economies. Punjab chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, who could not attend the meeting as he was indisposed, circulated his speech at the meeting, seeking the Central government's support for tackling the water crisis. Singh sought a one-time debt waiver to mitigate the distress of indebted farmers and double the annual assistance under the PM-KISAN scheme to ₹12,000 for farmers. He also sought inclusion of farm workers under this scheme.

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A serving and a former IAS may be appointed as Adviser by NITI Aayog

By IndianMandarins 20 May 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that Sandeep Pondrik (IAS:1991:BH) and Dr Prem Singh (Ex IAS:2000:MT) may be picked up for the post of Adviser, NITI Aayog.

Earlier, Dr Prem Singh had joined private sector after he took VRS from the IAS.

If top sources are to be believed Pondrik may be given the role to advise NITI Aayog in energy sector. He has an extensive experience of working in oil sector as JS, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Nine candidates were interviewed yesterday by the Aayog for the post of Adviser and Senior Adviser. This includes two internal candidates who too are likely to be appointed as Senior Adviser.

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NITI Aayog: Saha and Pai tipped to become Senior Advisers

By IndianMandarins 16 May 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that two internal candidates may be appointed as Senior Adviser in NITI Aayog. This has been so as 13 candidates were shortlisted for selection through interviews that were held on Wednesday.

 

Both Sanjoy Kumar Saha (IRSEE) and Ajit Pai (a private sector professional) are internal candidates from the Aayog.

 

Presently, Saha is adviser at Yojna Bhavan. Thus, he is going to be moved a rung above to become Senior Adviser.

 

In case of Ajit Pai he may get a fresh lease of career on selection by NITI Aayog. His appointment as OSD is coterminous with NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar whose term ends next month, or in June this year. Pai is reportedly expected to be selected and appointed to look after Aayog’s Economy vertical.

 

Saha while working in NITI Aayog secured cadre clearance from the Ministry of Railways for further deputation outside the cadre. 

 

As reported earlier nine candidates finally got a chance to cast their hats in the ring for five posts of Adviser and Senior Adviser, including two marked for internal candidates.

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Niti Aayog in hurry: Interview for five JS & AS level positions held today

By IndianMandarins 15 May 2019

In a move that reflects high degree of confidence of NaMo administration to return to power again selection process for top level NITI Aayog officials were undertaken with a sense of urgency on Wednesday (15 May 2019).

 

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that the Aayog held interviews today to select incumbents for five positions of Adviser (JS level) and Senior Adviser (Additional Secretary level) to look after sectors like Economics, Transport, Energy, Human Resources etc.

 

These posts were advertised in June 2018 with one month window for submitting applications. So far as many as 300 applications were received of which only 13 candidates were finally shortlisted by the Screening Committee comprising of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant (IAS:1980:KL); Special Secretary, Yaduvendra Mathur (IAS:1976:RJ) and Joint Secretary, Alok Kumar (IAS:1993:UP).

 

Surprisingly, the Screening Committee was constituted only in the second week of April 2019, or almost eight months after the posts were advertised.

 

Out of 13 shortlisted candidates four have reportedly expressed unwillingness for the coveted positions in the Aayog. This left only nine candidates on the turf for selection. Some of these candidates are still awaiting cadre clearance, integrity certificate and APRs. Among the nine two are internal aspirants for the posts.

 

Those in the know about goings on in the Aayog’s point out that for five senior (JS and AS level) positions the small number of shortlisted candidates are too few to pick the best among the lot which could have easily been available for the vacant positions.     

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Is Niti Aayog becoming a 'parking slot'

By IndianMandarins 07 Mar 2019

Dr Ashok Kumar Jain (Retired IFoS:1983:TG) is counted among the few lucky officers who have secured attractive post-retirement assignments in the Govt of India.


After his retirement on 28 February 2019 from the post of PCCF and Vice Chairman & MD of Telangana Forest Development Corporation, Dr Jain was on Tuesday was recommended for the appointment as the Principal Adviser (Apex scale) of the NITI Aayog for a period of three years.


Reportedly, his appointment was justified by his prior experience and substantial contribution in NITI Aayog. He is considered an expert on sustainable development in the Indian Himalayan Region. During his prior stint with NITI, Dr Jain worked on rural development, drinking water and sanitation, housing and sustainable urban development, etc. 


But there has been murmuring over several such appointments as the NITI Aayog, like its previous Avatar Planning Commission, is seen becoming a 'parking slot' for retired officers or serving officers who don't wish to repatriate to their state cadres.


In power corridors, it is being said that NITI Members and Vice Chairman are favoring the appointment of retired officers even though NITI already has a battery of full-time officers serving as Advisers and Principal Advisers. There are already one Special Secretary, one Principal Consultant, one Additional Secretary, two Senior Advisers, and nine Advisers — who are full-time Govt of India appointees. Yet retired officers are being inducted on the ground of experience and contribution.


It may be mentioned that earlier C K Murali and U K Sharma were taken on board of the NITI as members post-retirement.

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