Niti Aayog: facts, information, general knowledge

Niti Aayog is a think tank of Government of India which provides strategic inputs to the policy making  and development process of India. It is a non constitutional body.
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  • The full form of Niti Aayog is National institution for transforming India. It was established by Narendra Modi government.
  • Niti Aayog was established to replace the planning commission. It was formed on 1st January 2015.
  • Niti Aayog differs from planning commission in many aspects. Niti Aayog has no power in allocating funds. It is dependent on Finance ministry for that. It has less number of full time members  then Planning Commission. But it can have part time members on the basis of needs.
  • The main objective of Niti Aayog is to improve coordination of State Government and Central Government. State government has now larger part in Niti Aayog than Planning Commission.
  • The first Vice Chairperson of Niti Aayog is Arvind Panagariya and first CEO is Amitabh Kant.

Members of Niti Aayog 

Chairperson Prime Minister
Governing Council Chief Ministers of States and Lt. Governors of Union Territories
Vice Chairperson 1 Member
Full time Members 3 Members
Part time Members 2 Members
Ex Officio Members 4 Members from council of ministers
Chief Executive Officer Rank of Secretary
Special Invitees Specialists and Experts of various fields
Secretariat 1 Member

Objectives of Niti Aayog 

  • Active involvement of States in development process and to foster cooperative federalism
  • Developing plans at village level and paying attention to the section which are not benefiting from the economic progress. 
  • Preparing policy and plans for long term goals, monitoring them, collecting feedback, making improvements time to time from the feedback.
  • Collaboration of National and International think tanks and different departments to provide advice.
  • Developing Economic policy which also helps in National Security.
  • Resolving different inter-sectoral and inter-departmental issues for faster execution of plans.
  • Up gradation of technologies and capacity building.