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Taking NITI Aayog seriously

niti-ayogThe National Institution for Transforming India, NITI Aayog, is gearing up for imparting training to IAS officers about its purpose as even young IAS officers are not taking the NITI Aayog seriously. As many as, 37 of them were found missing in a session with NITI Aayog member and economist Bibek Debroy last month. The absentees were asked to show-cause but the DoPT did not want to take any more chances for a session addressed by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya. In an unusual office memorandum dated September 12, the DoPT asked assistant secretaries posted in various Central government ministries and departments that “they have to attend the aforesaid function without fail.” Not just that, they were asked to be present in the function “on time”, again highlighting… the words “on time” in bold letters to draw their attention. In fact, the Cabinet Secretariat too swung into action as it postponed a pre-scheduled meeting fixed between 2014 officers attached to the Ministries of Commerce, DIPP, MSME and Labour and Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, so as to facilitate the participation of the young officers in Panagariya session. The topic of the session was “Indian economy — wherefrom and whereto”. In fact, the session with Debroy, in which many were absent, was held on September 9 so as to assist the officers, all belonging to the 2014 batch, to get insights into the socio-economic and developmental challenges facing the nation, and strategic policy framework thereof. The officers have begun their three-month-period as assistant secretaries with effect from August 1, 2016. While appointing the officers as assistant secretary, DoPT in an office memorandum dated June 5, 2016 said that they were not allowed to go on leave during this three-month period.

VOL. 10, ISSUE 7 | OCT, 2016

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