Niti Aayog eyes private talent, salaries may exceed highest paid civil servants: Report

The body, which was transformed from its erstwhile form of Planning Commission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has proposed that it would hire talent as advisers for a variety of sectors with salaries expected to be around Rs 2.88-3.64 lakh/month, reported the Financial Express.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: March 16, 2017 1:48 pm
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Niti Aayog may soon recruit private talent with handsome salaries even upwards of the pay given to Cabinet Secretary. The body, which was transformed from its erstwhile form of Planning Commission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has proposed that it would hire talent as advisers for a variety of sectors with salaries expected to be around Rs 2.88-3.64 lakh/month, reported the Financial Express.

The think tank reportedly published draft recruitment rules recently for post of adviser/senior adviser that is at par with the rank of secretary/additional secretary.  According to the report, Niti Aayog has proposed that the recruitment will be done on a deputation basis in Level 14. The pay matrix would include a monthly pay up to Rs 2.11 lakh and additional benefits like accommodation, transport allowance, medical benefits, CPF, EL and other benefits. The combined package amounts to nearly Rs 2.88 lakh and will be for direct recruits hired on contractual basis.

The hiring for senior advisers will be done in Level 15 pay matrix with a monthly salary of Rs 2.18 lakh with additional benefits amounting to a total monthly package of Rs 3.64 lakh for direct recruits hired on contractual basis.

The highest paid civil servant in the government after the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission is the Cabinet Secretary who draws a salary of Rs 2.5 lakh a month excluding benefits post serving 30 years in the government.

The think tank has reportedly proposed that the hiring period for advisers shall be for five years extendable by up to seven years. It also proposed that the selection of the advisers will be done by a departmental selection committee which will be headed by a member-in-charge in the think tank of the subject concerned for which the adviser is being hired. This selection will be done in consultation with Niti Aayog vice-chairman.

The think tank has also proposed minimum eligibility criteria for senior advisers. Candidates would need a minimum of 15 years’ experience. This period may include a period of up to three years of their PhD but no work experience should be counted during that period. The experience would be defined as work done in formulation, appraisal, execution/ implementation, research, monitoring and evaluation of policy, programme or projects.

For advisers, the experience is defined similarly and the years are only pegged at a minimum 13 years. This also may include three years’ period of PhD given no work experience is counted for this time.

Similar rules were also put out for deputy advisers (hiring either in Level 12 pay matrix or with consolidated pay of Rs 1.57 lakh/month). Senior research officer are given options of enhanced salaries with consolidated pay of Rs 1.35 lakh and research officers to get Rs 1.12 lakh pay.

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    Peace
    Mar 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    All brahmin incompetents are welcome to apply. Please note that the most important qualification is lt;br/gt;1.0.0.1 incompetence lt;br/gt;1.0.0.2.1 Desk clerkismlt;br/gt;1.0.0.2.2.1 Expert in Lickspittlelt;br/gt;2.0.0.0.2.1 Expert in brahminismlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And must have a recommendation letter from any MAMA in any central agency!
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      NLS
      Mar 16, 2017 at 9:43 am
      Good forward looking move! We ume here that people will be hired laterally based on their domain skills into respective departments or roles that call for such hires. These lateral hires should be treated and used as experts driving specific technical tasks and projects rather than as general administrative managers.
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        Ivan
        Mar 16, 2017 at 11:04 am
        Because of its Nehruvian socialist connotations the Planning Commission was abolished out of sheer spite by the Modi government when it came to power. But now it is finding that the much vaunted private sector cannot plan for the long term of the country; there being no profit in a ten year horizon. Once again we see the mendaciousness of the BJP government in operation: Claim that the Congress got everything wrong, and then reintroduce their economic and social plans, schemes and methods under a Hindi name.
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          Santanu Roy
          Mar 16, 2017 at 9:54 am
          IT takes Rs90 to travel in a bus from Burdwan to Kolkata,but only Rs25 in train.All thelt;br/gt;buses go full.People are not bothered about money,they are drawing handsomelt;br/gt;ry,they want to escape the horrendous experience of travelling in train.Givelt;br/gt;the railway board to private hands.They will fix this problem of suburban railwayslt;br/gt;in a year
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            Rum Rotten
            Mar 16, 2017 at 6:35 pm
            He is saying that Modiji is putting old wine in a new bottle because he wants to put his own label on the bottles and sell it as his own invention. To boot he is also claimimg that the old wine was horrible to prevent any resurgence of the old b and eliminate any future compeion to his hegemony.
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