Economist Rajiv Kumar replaces Arvind Panagariya as new NITI Aayog vice-chairman

Rajiv Kumar was a senior fellow at public policy think-tank Centre for Policy and Research (CPR) and has authored several books on the Indian economy and India's national security. Earlier this week, 64-year-old Panagairya had stepped down as vice-chairman of the Niti Aayog.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2017 10:04 pm
Rajiv Kumar, NITI Aayog,  vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar, economist Rajiv Kumar, Indian express Economist Rajiv Kumar (Source: Twitter)

Economist Rajiv Kumar was on Saturday appointed as the new vice-chairman of NITI Aayog, succeeding well-known economist Arvind Panagariya for the coveted post. Vinod Paul, head of the Pediatrics department at AIIMS, was also appointed as a member of the NITI Aayog.

Earlier this week, 64-year-old Panagairya had stepped down as vice-chairman of the Niti Aayog after requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to relieve him of his duties by August 31 to allow him to return to Columbia University as a professor of economics. 

Kumar, who holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University, is a senior fellow at public policy think-tank Centre for Policy and Research (CPR) and has authored several books on the Indian economy and India’s national security.

Before coming to CPR, Kumar served as Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He had also held positions as Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and chief economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), as well as in positions with the Asian Development Bank, the Indian Ministry of Industries, and the Ministry of Finance.

Moreover, he is a member of boards of several international and national institutions, including the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia in Jakarta, the State Bank of India, and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

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    seshadri
    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:42 am
    it is to be seen how common man is going to benifited
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    Prasanta Mishra
    Aug 6, 2017 at 2:39 am
    Great we will find our rs15lakh from him as niti ayog yog vice chairman,bhakts taliyan.
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    P.C.Kulkarni
    Aug 6, 2017 at 12:37 am
    No wonder, he was one of the greatest supporter of failed demonetisation
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    see
    Aug 5, 2017 at 11:01 pm
    Shri Rajiv Kumar will make a great NITI AYOG vice chairman. Like Panagariya he also does have a clean shaven face and therefore he is a VEDIK brahmin and so he will make a great NY CM
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    Abhay Sandwar
    Aug 5, 2017 at 10:14 pm
    A welcome decision by the PM to induct sri Rajiv kr , Economists as a vice chairman of the NITI AAYOG . He is a good thinker and holds a good many achievements to his credit . That part is laudable . Now , it is to be seen that how far his ideas get rooted to the reality of the rural india first and its various chronic problems that is being faced since long .Secondly , Health issue is equally important. Redressal of such issues are important and it very different from bookish information or data as such.So practical approach appears most needed tools. Surely, his experiences and knowledge will bring radical change. Secondly , PM deserves praise for including Vinod Paul , Head of the Pediatrics department of AIMS , as one of the members. His inclusion will definitely help Govt in preparing plan , project to deal with Child diseases in particular. Best is expected .
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    Bhadrapati Devi
    Aug 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    At the height of economic slowdown in India after demonetization and GST, there is gloomy economy year down the line. Our pick-up expert are molded in the Western School of Economic thought which itself is now irrelevant after rising of new compe ors from Asian countries. Our Indian also can't have creative ideas but have the quality of copying ideas and technology from others. So, he may also leave to safe his face soon.
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    Truth
    Aug 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm
    You'll be out before 2019 👍🏼
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