NITI Aayog replaces Planning Commission
The Government on Thursday replaced the 65-year old Planning Commission, a left over from the Socialist era,with a NITI Aayog or National Institution for Transforming India ,marking a major shift in policy making by involving states.
To be headed by PM Narendra Modi, the new body will have a governing council comprising CMs of all states and Lt Governors of Union Territories and will work towards fostering “co-operative federalism” for providing a “national agenda” to the Centre and States.
The NITI Aayog ,which will serve as a policy think tank for the central as well as state governments will have around 7-8 full time members and two part time members, while four Union ministers would serve as ex-officio members. The two part-time members would be from leading universities and research organizations, the number of full time members has not been specified yet.
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