Framework of planning under the AYOG

  • Chairperson:Prime Minister of India
  • Governing Council:Comprising the Chief Ministers of all States and Lt. Governors of Union Territories.
  • Regional Councils:Will be formed to address specific issues and contingencies impacting more than one state or region.
  • Strategy and Planning in the NITI Aayog will be anchored from State-level. Regional Councils will be convened by the Prime Minister for identified priority domains, put under the joint leadership of related sub-groups of States (grouped around commonalities which could be geographic, economic, social or otherwise) and Central Ministries.

Regional Councils

  • Have specified tenures, with the mandate to evolve a strategy and oversee implementation.
  • Be jointly headed by one of the groups Chief Ministers (on a rotational basis or otherwise) and a corresponding Central Minister.
  • Include the sectoral Central Ministers and Secretaries concerned, as well as State Ministers and Secretaries. It will be linked to corresponding domain experts and academic institutions.
  • Have a dedicated support cell in the NITI Aayog Secretariat.
  • States would thus be empowered to drive the national agenda. As a consequence, deliberation would be more grass-roots informed, and recommendations would have more ownership, given their joint formulation.
  • Special Invitees: experts, specialists and practitioners with relevant domain knowledge as special invitees nominated by the Prime Minister.

Full-time Organisational Framework:

  • Will comprise of, in addition to the Prime Minister as the Chairperson:
  • Vice-Chairperson: to be appointed by the Prime Minister.
  • Members: full-time: specialists with international exposure.
  • Part-time Members: maximum of 2, from leading universities, research organizations and other relevant institutions in an ex-officio capacity. Part-time members will be on a rotational basis.
  • Ex-Officio Members: maximum of 4 members of the Union Council of Ministers to be nominated by the Prime Minister.
  • Chief Executive Officer: to be appointed by the Prime Minister for a fixed tenure, in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India.
  • Secretariat: as deemed necessary.

NITI Aayog specialized Wings

  • Research Wing – that will develop in-house sectoral expertise as a dedicated think tank of top domain experts, specialists and scholars.
  • Consultancy Wing – that will provide a marketplace of whetted panels of expertise and funding for Central and State Governments to tap into; matching their requirements with solution providers, public and private, national and international. By playing matchmaker instead of providing the entire service itself, NITI Aayog will be able to focus its resources on priority matters, providing guidance and an overall quality check to the rest.
  • Team India Wing  – comprising representatives from every State and Ministry, will serve as a permanent platform for national collaboration.