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Prime Minister appointed economist Arvind Panagariya as the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog

Jan 5, 2015 18:09 IST

Arvind PanagariyaPrime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 January 2015 appointed economist Arvind Panagariya as the Vice-Chairman of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. He is an Indian-American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University.

Panagariya is an Alma matter of Rajasthan University and holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.

He has written around 10 books, the latest being India: The Emerging Giant, which was published in March 2008 by the Oxford University Press, New York.

Besides Arvind Panagariya, PM also appointed other members of the newly constituted NITI Aayog that came into existence on 1 January 2015 replacing 65 year old Planning Commission.

The other members appointed are:

Full-Time Members

  • Bibek Debroy, Economist
  • Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Former Secretary Defence Research & Development

Ex-officio members

  • Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Home Affairs
  • Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting
  • Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways
  • Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture

Special Invitees

  • Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping
  • Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development

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