Youth pol­icy

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - by Vanita Chitkara

Work­ing with the govern­ment since two years now, Astha Kapoor doesn’t look at all like a bu­reau­crat or govern­ment of­fi­cial. Kapoor too, like most young poe­ple wanted to change the world in one gi­ant sweep but re­alised that it couldn’t be done. She grad­u­ated from St Stephens Col­lege in his­tory, and for her post grad­u­a­tion, she went to the In­sti­tute of So­cial Stud­ies, Nether­lands. Af­ter she came back, she joined the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion as one of their youngest con­sul­tants in 2009. Kapoor feels this is the best time to be a part of the change. When Kapoor joined, it was the first time that mem­bers of the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion trav­elled the length and breadth of the coun­try to hear peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions from the 12th Five Year Plan. “I was a part of par­tic­i­pa­tory plan­ning and trav­elled to tribal ar­eas of Chat­tis­garh and Chen­nai.”

ACHIEVE­MENTS In May 2011, she moved to the Depart­ment of So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment to help the steer­ing com­mit­tee write the 12th Five Year Plan. This year, her work on the fi­nan­cial cri­sis and the Su­rat di­a­mond in­dus­try was pub­lished in the book De­vel­op­ing

Coun­tries and the Fi­nan­cial Cri­sis (Ed­ward El­ger). Con­tact:


De­vel­op­ment prac­ti­tioner

“I al­ways wanted to work for the govern­ment be­cause it reaches down to the low­est level and has the power to bring about change.”

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