NEW DELHI: With erstwhile Planning Commission now being replaced by the NITI Aayog, the staff at the Soviet-era planning body is looking at a fresh start of sorts. These men and women till announcement of the new body were staring at an uncertain future. But not anymore.
“Now we know what the new body would be, our uncertainties have ebbed to a large extent, but memories of the past would remain,” said an official who has been working with the Planning Commission for over two decades now.
The formation of NITI Aayog has ended the uncertainty among the staff. They were almost without work since the resignation of the Planning Commission’s Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and other members in May last year and later the announcement of disbanding of the 65-year old body by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech.
The sign board of Planning Commission now reads NITI Aayog. The rooms are getting a fresh coat of paint to welcome the new vice chairman and his team who are to be appointed shortly.
“The new body as they say will hit the road running to further government’s development agenda,” said an official who requested not to be named.
The government on Wednesday replaced the Socialist-era Planning Commission by a new think-tank, NITI Aayog, that will be headed by the Prime Minister.
A PMO statement said the Centre-to-state one-way flow of policy, that was the hallmark of the Planning Commission era, is now sought to be replaced by a genuine and continuing partnership of states. It will put an end to ‘slow and tardy implementation of policy’, the statement said.
(With agency inputs)