Rajiv Kumar takes over as the New Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog

Profile of Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog
Dr. Rajiv Kumar is a leading Indian economist and has recently been appointed, the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog by the government of India. He is the author of several books on India’s economy and national security. His latest books are Modi & His Challenges (2016), Resurgent India: Ideas and Priorities (2015) and Exploding Aspirations: Unlocking India's Future (2014). He is a widely recognized economic columnist and a leading speaker on issues in Indian political economy.

Presently, he is: (i) Founding Director of Pahle India Foundation (PIF), Delhi; (ii) Chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics (A Deemed University, Pune). PIF, a non-profit think tank focuses on facilitating economic policy change based on objective and rigorous research.
He concurrently serves as: (i) Government of India nominated Independent Director  on Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India; (ii) Member of the  International Board of Management of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, chaired by the Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy; (iii) Director,  Institute of Human Development, Delhi; (iv) Director, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow; (v) Independent Director on the Board of DHFL; and (vi) Member, Advisory Board of CISCO, India.
In the past he served as the Government of India nominee on the Boards of: (i) Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia (ERIA) Jakarta; (ii) Central Board of the State Bank of India, Mumbai; (iii) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi; (iv) Part Time Member, National Security Advisory Board (2006-2008); (v) Part Time Member Economics, TRAI, New Delhi (2007-2010)
His earlier positions have been:          
·         Senior Fellow, Centre of Policy Research, Delhi (2013- January 2017)
·         Secretary General,  Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI, 2010-2012)
·         Director & Chief Executive,  Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, 2006-2010)
·         (vi) Chief Economist,  Confederation of India Industries (CII, 2004-2006)
·         (vii) Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank, Manila (1995 to 2005)
·         (vii) Economic Advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance,       Government of India, (1992 to 1995);
·         (viii) Senior Consultant, Bureau of Costs and Prices, Ministry of Industry Government of India (1989-1991)
·         (ix) Professor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (1987-89)
·         (x) Senior Research Program Officer, ICRIER. Delhi, (1982 to 1987).
He has a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University (1982) and a Ph.D from Lucknow University (1978).
Rajiv Kumar takes over as the New Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog;

Says, focus will be on carrying forward the spirit of Team India
Dr. Rajiv Kumar has taken charge as the new Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog today. A renowned economist, he replaces Shri Arvind Panagariya as the head of the premier think tank of the country. Addressing a press conference in the capital after assuming office, he said the priority would be to carry forward the spirit of Team India for a better future, keeping in mind the aspirations of millions across the country.
The new Vice Chairman said there would be more emphasis on improving Government capacity at the state level to ensure the values of co-operative and competitive federalism. He underlined the need to bring in out of the box thinking and ideas to bring about transformational changes in the country to fulfil the Prime Minister's dreams of a Shreshtha Bharat.
Dr. Kumar said policy making should not be elitist, rather it should be rooted in ground realities. He added that participative governance involving various sections of society can ensure that development becomes a mass movement. He said that in the Indian context, cross cutting issues are very important be it agriculture, environment, water, finances, investment and so on. NITI Aayog is well placed to play the role of a platform that cuts across these issues. The thematic focus will be on generating employment, enhancing investment, improving ease of doing business, transforming agriculture, and reforming education and health.
The new Vice Chairman highlighted the need to tap into the potential of the social capital of the country to have an Indian Model of Development. The focus would be on generating employment to meet the rising aspirations of the people and for India to earn the demographic dividend. There is also the need to capitalize on our intellectual capacity.
The Vice Chairman intends to visit all states over the next three months and to begin with he would visit NE states. He said it would be a good idea to have sub groups of states such as Himalayan or NE/ Gangetic / Blue economy states and they should have state specific blue prints of their own. That would be more effective in reducing regional inequalities. NITI would play the role of a consultant as well as a catalyst to help States achieve their goals.
Terming his new assignment as a dream job for an Economist, Dr Kumar thanked the Prime Minister for the opportunity given to him to serve the country. He lauded the contributions of his predecessor, Dr. Arvind Panagariya for nurturing the NITI Aayog and leaving behind a rich legacy. Members of NITI Aayog, Shri Ramesh Chand, Shri VKSaraswat, Dr.VKPaul and CEO NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant were present on this occasion.
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