NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar steps down, Suman K Bery to replace

Kumar, an eminent economist, took over as vice chairman of NITI Aayog in August 2017 after the then Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya exited the government think-tank to return to academics

Published: 22nd April 2022 10:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2022 08:32 AM   |  A+A-

NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar

NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Rajiv Kumar has stepped down from the post of vice-chairperson (V-C) of central government think-tank Niti Aayog after a tenure of close to five years. The government on Friday announced that it has accepted Dr Rajiv Kumar’s resignation and will relieve him from the post of the Vice-Chairperson, NITI Aayog from 30 April 2022.

Kumar has been replaced, in the interim, by Suman Bery. Kumar took over the vice-chairmanship in September 2017 after the resignation of Arvind Panagariya. Kumar is an economist with stints in various government and non-government institutions.

He had held the post of principal economist of the Asian Development Bank; economic advisor in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance; chief economist, Confederation of India Industries; Senior Fellow, Centre of Policy Research, Delhi, among others. He has also served on the board of several companies as an independent director. Bery will take over as vice-chairperson of NITI Aayog from May 1  until further orders, on the same terms and conditions as were applicable to the previous V-Cs.


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