Economist Rajiv Kumar to replace Arvind Panagariya as Niti Aayog vice chairman

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New Delhi: Economist and author Rajiv Kumar will succeed Arvind Panagariya as vice-chairman of federal policy think-tank Niti Aayog, which is acting as a bridge between union and state governments on economic policy setting.

Kumar, who had previously served in the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) as director and chief executive, is expected to assume charge as the second-in-command in Niti Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 September, a person familiar with the development said on condition of anonymity. Kumar had previously served in the finance ministry and in the Asian Development Bank.

Kumar, who holds DPhil in economics from Oxford University and a PhD from Lucknow University, is currently serving as senior fellow in Centre for Policy Research and on the boards of various institutions including the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia in Jakarta, the State Bank of India, and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

The government also appointed Vinod Paul, paediatrician at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as member in Niti Aayog, said the person quoted above.

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