Who: Amitabh Kant
What: Got additional charge of CEO of NITI Aayog
When: 28 December 2015
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 28 December 2015 gave Amitabh Kant the additional responsibility of being Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog, effective 31 December 2015.
Kant will replace the incumbent NITI Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar whose extended tenure will end on 31 December 2015.
The IAS officer of 1980 Batch of Kerala Cadre, Kant is currently serving as Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). He is set to superannuate on 28 February 2016.
About NITI Aayog
• The National Institution for Transforming India Aayog (NITI Aayog) is a Government of India policy think-tank.
• It was formed on 1 January 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to replace the Planning Commission.
• The Aayog aims at fostering involvement and participation in the economic policy-making process by the State Governments of India.
• One of the important mandates of NITI Aayog is to bring cooperative competitive federalism.