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Niti Aayog | National Institution for Transforming India (Niti Ayog)

Mukesh Jindal
Written by Mukesh Jindal

NITI Aayog or The National Institution for Transforming India was formed on January 1, 2015, by means of a resolution of the Union Cabinet. NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs.



Designing strategic and long-term policies and programmes for the Government of India
Providing relevant technical advice to the Centre and States.

The Government of India, in keeping with its reform agenda, constituted the NITI Aayog to replace the Planning Commission instituted in 1950. This was done in order to better serve the needs and aspirations of the people of India. An important evolutionary change from the past, NITI Aayog acts as the quintessential platform of the Government of India to bring States to act together in national interest, and thereby fosters Cooperative Federalism.

There are two hubs at the centre of NITI Aayog creation namely,

  • Team India Hub
  • Knowledge and Innovation Hub.
  • The Team India Hub leads the engagement of states with the Central government, while the Knowledge and Innovation Hub builds NITI’s think-tank capabilities.

Niti Lectures

Niti Lectures: Transforming India is a new initiative started by the Niti Aayog on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Invite globally reputed policy makers, experts, administrators to India to share their knowledge, expertise, experience in policy making and good governance with Indian counterparts.


There were a series of lectures and the first lecture was delivered by Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
He delivered a lecture on the subject called “India and global economy” at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.


Designation Name
Chairperson Shri Narendra Modi (link is external)
Vice Chairperson Arvind Panagariya
Full-Time Member Prof. Ramesh Chand
Full-Time Member Profile – Shri V.K. Saraswat
Full-Time Member Profile – Shri Bibek Debroy
Chief Executive Officer Shri Amitabh Kant



Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister

Vice Chairperson

Dr Arvind Panagariya

Full-Time Members

Dr Bibek Debroy
Shri V.K. Saraswat
Prof. Ramesh Chand

Ex-officio Members

Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs
Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance; and  Minister of Corporate Affairs
Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

Special Invitees

Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Shipping
Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles.

Chief Executive Officer

Shri Amitabh Kant



  • To evolve a shared vision of national development main concern sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in the light of national objectives
  • To foster cooperative federalism through planned support initiatives and mechanisms with the States on a constant basis, recognising that strong States make a strong nation
  • To ensure, in areas that are specifically referred to it, that the interests of national security are integrated into economic strategy and policy
  • To pay special attention to the sections of our society that may be at risk of not benefiting satisfactorily from economic progress
  • To design strategic and long-term policy and programme frameworks and initiatives, and monitor their progress and their efficiency.
  • To provide opinion and encourage partnerships between key stakeholders and national and international compatible Think tanks, as well as educational and policy research institutions.
  • To create a knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurial support system through a collaborative community of national and international experts, practitioners and other partners.
  • To offer a platform for resolution of inter-sectoral and inter­ departmental issues in order to speed up the execution of the development agenda.
  • To maintain a state-of-the-art Resource Centre, be a repository of research on good governance and best practices in sustainable and evenhanded development as well as help their dissemination to stakeholders
  • To actively monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes and initiatives, including the recognition of the needed resources so as to strengthen the probability of success and scope of delivery
  • To focus on technology up-gradation and capacity building for execution of programmes and initiatives

2.National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development (NILERD)

Composition of the Governing Council

The NITI Aayog is the successor in interest to the Planning Commission

Now, therefore, the Prime Minister as Chairperson of the NITI Aayog hereby constitutes the Governing Council with the following composition:

  1. Chairperson: Prime Minister of India
  2. Ex officio Members, NITI Aayog
  3. Vice-Chairperson, NITI Aayog
  4. Full-time Members, NITI Aayog
  5. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
  6. Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
  7. Chief Minister of Assam
  8. Chief Minister of Bihar
  9. Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
  10. Chief Minister of National Capital Territory of Delhi
  11. Chief Minister of Goa
  12. Chief Minister of Gujarat
  13. Chief Minister of Haryana
  14. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh
  15. Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
  16. Chief Minister of Jharkhand
  17. Chief Minister of Karnataka
  18. Chief Minister of Kerala
  19. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
  20. Chief Minister of Maharashtra
  21. Chief Minister of Manipur
  22. Chief Minister of Meghalaya
  23. Chief Minister of Mizoram
  24. Chief Minister of Nagaland
  25. Chief Minister of Odisha
  26. Chief Minister of Puducherry (UT)
  27. Chief Minister of Punjab
  28. Chief Minister of Rajasthan
  29. Chief Minister of Sikkim
  30. 30.Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
  31. Chief Minister of Telangana
  32. Chief Minister of Tripura
  33. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
  34. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
  35. Chief Minister of West Bengal
  36. Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands (UT)
  37. Special Invitees of NITI Aayog will be Special Invitees of Governing Council


First Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog – 8th Feb 2015
Third Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog – 23rd April 2017


An Overview of the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Ending starvation, attaining food protection and civilising nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture
  • Ensuring healthy lives and encouraging well-being for all at all ages
  •  Ensuring inclusive and evenhanded quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all
  •  Accomplishing gender sameness and empowering all women and girls
  • Ensuring convenience and sustainable management of water and hygiene for all
  • Ensuring access to reasonable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Promoting constant, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Building flexible infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation
  • Reducing discrimination within and among countries
  • Making cities and individual resolutions inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Ensuring sustainable utilisation and production patterns
    Taking urgent action to fight climate change and its impacts
  • Conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine possessions for sustainable development
  • Shielding, renovating and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Promoting calm and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all
  • Strengthening the means of implementation and refreshing the global partnership for sustainable development

The Role of NITI Aayog

  1. NITI Aayog has been entrusted with the role to co-ordinate ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ (called as SDGs). Moving ahead from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), SDGs have been evolved through a long inclusive process for achievement during 2016-2030.
  2. The SDGs include 17 goals and 169 related targets resolved in the UN Summit meet 25-27 September 2015, in which India was represented at the level of Hon’ble Prime Minister. These SDGs will stimulate, align and accomplish action over the 15-year period in areas of critical importance for the humanity and the planet.
    The mission at hand for NITI Aayog is not merely to occasionally collect data on SDGs but to act proactively fructify the goals and targets not only quantitatively but also preserving high standards of quality.
  3. To achieve these tasks, the draft mapping of the goals and targets as an initial step on proposed Nodal and other Ministries has been carried out in consultation with MoSPI.
  4. Further, as an illustration, the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs), including the ‘core of the core’, ‘core’ and ‘optional’ Schemes being implemented by the States have been mapped along with some of the recent initiatives undertaken by the Central Government.
  5. Ministries are executing Central Sector Schemes and States are also implementing various State Schemes associated with one or more SDGs.
    NITI Aayog, in collaboration with RIS, is also holding a Consultation on SDGs, during 9th and 10th February 2016 with stakeholders including States, Ministries, academia, International organisations, NGOs etc. at New Delhi.

Atal Innovation Mission:

Indo-Israel Startup

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Social links

The Niti Aayog is very active on various social platforms. The links to the same are provided below:





 Official website


The Niti Aayog is an intelligent and well-structured organisation which aims at transforming India. There are various initiatives being taken by the Niti Aayog which are well planned and contribute to the effective functioning of the government.

About the author

Mukesh Jindal

Mukesh Jindal

My name is Mukesh Jindal, and I am from New Delhi, India. I am an engineer by profession. I am employed by an IT company in which I work. My topics of interest include technology, mobile, and apps.

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