Author of ‘Modi and his Challenges’ named NITI Aayog chief

New Delhi: The government of India, led by BJP, has named economist Dr Rajiv Kumar as new chief of NITI Aayog.
The development came late Saturday night after Prime Minister led union government named Dr Kumar as new Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog.

It was after five days that GoI announced a chief of NITI Aayog after Arvind Panagariya announced he was quitting the post to return to academics.

The government also appointed Dr Vinod Paul, a pediatrician at AIIMS, as a member of the Aayog.


An author of several books, Kumar released one last year called ‘Modi and his Challenges’.

According to the publisher, in the book, Kumar “recommends measures that Modi must implement to deliver on his promises, thereby enabling India to realise its true potential”.

A DPhil in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University, Kumar has held senior positions in the Ministries of Industries and Finance, and is currently serving as founding director of Pahle India Foundation, a non-profit financial, economic and political research think-tank.

He is an independent member in the high-level search committee for appointment of regulators in the Indian financial sector, a government-nominated independent director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India, an independent director on the Board of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd, and a member of the Advisory Board of CISCO India.

Kumar has been a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, the secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and chief economist at the Confederation of Indian Industry.