Monday, 23 May 2016
Ratan P Watal appointed as principal adviser for social sector in NITI Aayog
Former Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal has been appointed as Principle Adviser for social sector in NITI Aayog. He has been appointed to the post for three years. His appointment comes after his two-month extended tenure as Finance Secretary ended in April 2016. He was to retire in February 2016, but got a two-month extension. Mr. Watal is a retired IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre of a 1978-batch. He had served as Finance Secretary between August 2015 and April 2016. About NITI Aayog National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) is premier policy think tank of Union Government. It has had replaced erstwhile six decade old Planning Commission. Its aim is to foster involvement and participation in the economic policy-making process of the state governments and has adopted a bottom-up approach in planning. Noted Economist Arvind Panagariya is Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog. Economist Bibek Debroy and former DRDO chief V K Saraswat are its full-time members.
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