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Transforming Steps for NITI Aayog’s Next Vice-Chairperson

The Government of India’s NITI Aayog has got its third Vice Chairman in the eighth year of its existence. On 1 May, economist Suman K. Bery will replace economist Rajiv Kumar, who has been at the helm of the Aayog since September 2017. Interestingly, it has had fewer CEOs. Incumbent Amitabh Kant is only the second CEO of the Aayog, more than six years into his tenure, after the brief one-year stint of Sindhushree Khullar who had carried on from the erstwhile Planning Commission. What does the latest appointment mean for the Aayog which continues to strive to forge a clear identity and role for itself?

Structuring the City Governance

The recent elections to the city governments, called the urban local bodies, in a few states like Tamil Nadu, Odisha, West Bengal etc., have proven one fact hard and straight- the city governments are no more than adjuncts of the state governments.