North Gazette News/New Delhi
Indian government has appointed 1975 batch IAS officer Sindhushree Khullar as first CEO of NITI Aayog that constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to replace Planning Commission.
It is pertinent to mention here that Sindhushree Khullar was earlier holding the charge of Planning Commission’s Secretary and she was appointed as secretary in 2012 by previous UPA-II government.
Khullar was allowed to continue on the past by Modi government even after Indian government set aside the Cabinet resolution under which the Planning Commission was setup in India.
Earlier, PM Narendra Modi had appointed the US-based economist Arvind Panagariya as NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman and noted economist Bibek Debroy and former DRDO chief V K Saraswat as full-time members.
While PM Modi is the Chairman of NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India Aayog) and Modi had appointed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh as Ex-Officio members while Union Roads and National Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani and Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot as Special Invitees in Niti Aayog.