Niti Aayog restructured to facilitate smooth running

  • Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 03, 2015 00:05 IST

The government will adopt verticals on Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s sectoral initiatives instead of divisions for the smooth functioning of the newly set up National Institution for Transforming India (Niti) Aayog.

Niti Aayog was allocated `20,000 crore in the Budget to distribute among states as special package.

The erstwhile Planning Commission, whose structure was inherited by the Niti Aayog, had divisions to deal with different sectors, the appraisal of schemes and state plans. So much so, that some divisions, like that of energy, had two advisers which could create confusion and have people working at cross-purposes.

A senior functionary said Niti Aayog looked to dismantle the old framework structured on the line of command and introduce verticals that deal with everything within a structure, from suggesting policy framework to collaborating with academic, research institutions across the globe.

Sources said each sector like Make in India (manufacturing), Swachh Bharat, Clean India (energy with focus on renewable energy), More Crop for Every Drop (agriculture and allied services) etc. would have its own vertical. The prime minister’s office wants senior domain experts, instead of bureaucrats, to head each vertical.

Vice-chairman Arvind Panagaryia would provide the necessary overview to the verticals

“We are looking for a corporate-type framework that leads to more informed discussions and better outcomes. The verticals also lead to better monitoring and execution of plans,” a senior NITI Aayog functionary said.

The Aayog hopes to have the new framework in place before June as the institution has given contracts to young professionals. Their contracts initially ended last December, but they were extended for another six months as they could be accommodated in the new verticals.

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