NITI Aayog to hire seven consultants

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The NITI Aayog will hire seven consultants as officers on special duty at a monthly remuneration of Rs.1.55 lakh each, an official said on Saturday.

The consultants are required to be experts in the areas of economics and social issues, IT, transportation, legal issues and engineering, NITI Aayog said in a notice posted on its website.

“NITI Aayog seeks to engage seven consultants to be designated as officer on special duty initially for a tenure of one year for carrying out specific tasks,” the notice said.

Each consultants will get a remuneration of Rs.155,000 per month, it added.

An official source told IANS on Saturday that the lack of domain experts in many areas was restricting the NITI Aayog’s functioning.

There was also the issue of sharing the members’ workload, with NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya looking after 10 divisions and 20 ministries while member Bibek Debroy has three divisions, 18 ministries and 15 states, the source said. Another member V.K. Saraswat has 15 ministries and 17 states.

The NITI Aayog was created by the NDA government after disbanding the Planning Commission.

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