New Delhi: As part of its measures to engage people from outside the government system to enhance its work, the NITI Aayog is hiring around 65 young professionals to assist it in the day-to-day functioning and also three other key bodies, including the recently-constituted Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.
These professionals would also be needed to help out the Aayog's new members. Around 45 of them will work for the Aayog for a period of two years, which could be extended. The Aayog had interviewed over 290 candidates for the 65 odd vacancies.
Recently, the Aayog engaged five top students from IIMs to help in its work.
The members and the vice-chairman are assisted by a team of consultants drawn from outside the government machinery and also young professionals who are recruited from time to time.
In the previous Planning Commissions, too, there had been attempts to rope in people from the private sector into the government set-up.
The consultants and young professionals are either attached to the vice-chairman and Aayog members or with the different bodies and cells within the Aayog.