PM Narendra Modi appoints to Arvind Panagariya as VC of Niti Aaayog

 Arvind Panagariya, Niti Aaayog, Vice Chairman of Niti Aaayog, NITI, PM Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi
New Delhi : The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made the appointments to Arvind Panagariya as Vice Chairman of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new Policy Commission, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog. 

62-year-old Panagariya is an Indian-American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He will be the first Vice Chairman of the body. The previous avatar, the Planning Commission, had a Deputy Chairperson at the helm.

Panagariya has earlier been the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and a Professor of Economics and Co-director, Center for International Economics, University of Maryland at College Park. 

The new commission was set up to modernise economic strategy after decades of Soviet-style central planning. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made the following appointments to the NITI Aayog :

 Vice Chairman : Arvind Panagariya, Economist.

Full-Time Members : Shri Bibek Debroy (Economist), Dr. V.K. Saraswat (Former Secretary Defence R&D).

Ex-officiol members : Rajnath Singh (Union Minister), Arun Jaitley (Union Minister), Suresh Prabhu (Union Minister), Radha Mohan Singh (Union Minister).

Special Invitees : Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister), Thawar Chand Gehlot (Union Minister), Smriti Zubin Irani (Union Minister).

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