BJP leaders hail National Institution for Transforming India

BJP leaders, including Union Ministers and state Chief Ministers, on Thursday hailed new think tank NITI Aayog or National Institution for Transforming India which replaced Planning Commission and which will be headed by the Prime Minister and will have all Chief Ministers as members in a broad-based Governing Council to involve states in evolving national development priorities.

Delhi: BJP leaders, including Union Ministers and state Chief Ministers, on Thursday hailed new think tank NITI Aayog or National Institution for Transforming India which replaced Planning Commission and which will be headed by the Prime Minister and will have all Chief Ministers as members in a broad-based Governing Council to involve states in evolving national development priorities.

Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter: “I congratulate PM Narendra Modi for introducing NITI Aayog which is formed after consultation with CMs. Truly upholds cooperative federalism.”

In another post she wrote: “With NITI Aayog framed to work in close consultation with states, a new era of development begins in India on the 1st day of year 2015.”

Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh said, “In 2015 PM Narendra Modi announced three big decisions. Planning Commission is scrapped and a new Niti Aayog will take its place.”

And Minister Of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore posted the following on social media: 

The new body will serve as a think tank' of the government as "a directional and policy dynamo" and would provide the governments at the Centre and in states with strategic and technical advice on key policy matters including economic issues of national and international importance.

The new plan panel will have a Vice Chairperson and a CEO in addition to five full-time members and two part-time members, while four union ministers would serve as ex-officio members.

The inclusion of Chief Ministers and Lt. Governors in the Governing Council is a break with the past in the structuring of NITI Aayog which Prime Minister Narendra Modi, described as a landmark change that will foster spirit of cooperative federalism.

The erstwhile command economy era body set up nearly 65 years ago by late PM Jawaharlal Nehru had a Deputy Chairman and full-time members with a member secretary, an official, as a convener.

A PMO statement said the Centre-to-state one-way flow of policy, that was the hallmark of the Planning Commission era, is now sought to be replaced by a genuine and continuing partnership of states. It will put an end to "slow and tardy implementation of policy", it said.

A Cabinet resolution setting up the new body said that Regional Councils will be formed to address specific issues and contingencies impacting more than one state or a region.

They will comprise the Chief Ministers and Lt Governors in the region. These will be chaired by the Chairperson of the NITI Aayog or his nominee.

The NITI Aayog will also have experts, specialists and practitioners with relevant domain knowledge as special invitees nominated by the Prime Minister.

The two part-time members of the new body would be from leading universities and research organisations.

Commenting on the new body, PM Modi took to Twitter and posted a series of Tweets:

With PTI inputs  

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