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NITI Aayog being decked up to welcome top functionaries

Niti Aayog has replaced the 65-year old Planning Commission, a vestige of the socialist era. The room of Panagariya, which was earlier occupied by his predecessor Montek Singh Ahluwalia is being refurbished for the new occupant. The staff has even put the name plate of Panagariya on the door, though he is expected to take charge only in a couple of days.

The landmark sign board in front of Yojana Bhawan has already been repainted as Niti Aayog. The rooms to seat the other full time members of the Aayog is also being prepared before their joining. The anxious staff of the Yojana Bhawan appeared to be heaving a sign of relief after the government announced formation of the Niti Aayog on January 1.

Government had announced the appointment of Noted economist, Panagariya as Vice-Chairman of the Niti Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) and its other members on Monday.

Economist Bibek Debroy and former DRDO chief V K Saraswat were appointed as full-time members by the Prime Minister who is the formal head of the Aayog.
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