Sindhushree Khullar appointed NITI Ayogs CEO

New Delhi: Former Planning Commission Secretary Sindhushree Khullarwas on Saturday was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed NITI Aayog.

Khullar, a retired IAS officer, was appointed on contract basis for a period of one year from January 1, 2015, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said.

Khullar, a 1975 batch UT cadre IAS officer, had taken over as Secretary Planning Commission in April 2012.

NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) replaced 65-year-old Planning Commission.

Noted economist Arvind Panagariya were appointed as the first Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog. Economist Bibek Debroy and former DRDO chief V K Saraswat were already appointed as full-time members by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is the Chairman of the body.

Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Suresh Prabhuand Radha Mohan Singh were appointed as ex-officio members while Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani and Thaawar Chand Gehlot are the special invitees.

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