- Centre plans to expand NITI Ayog’s workforce at the bottom by bringing in more young professionals while reducing the number of mid-level officials.
- The restructuring committee at the Aayog, headed by its CEO Sindhushree Khullar, will soon finalise the required workforce, including the new guidelines for hiring young professionals (YPs) at higher salaries.
- The revised guidelines may lead to up to 20% hike in salaries of young professionals besides introducing a maximum age limit to be hired as a young professional in the Aayog.
- According to the official, the Narendra Modi government plans to increase the number of young professionals in the Aayog to up to 100.
- As per existing guidelines, issued in May last year, just days before the end of the UPA-II government, young professionals are paid between Rs 30,000-50,000, which was a 20% increase from Rs 25,000-40,000 paid to them since 2009 when the concept was first introduced by then commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
The new structure of the Aayog is expected to align with the needs of the government that aims to use the expertise of this think tank for developing its long-term growth agenda as well as evaluating and monitoring of the government’s flagship programmes.