NITI may Cre­ate Flexi Pool of Of­fi­cers, Ad­vi­sors

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New Delhi: NITI Aayog is firm­ing up re­cruit­ment rules that will help the gov­ern­ment’s think tank cre­ate a flexi pool of ad­vi­sors, re­search of­fi­cers and eco­nomic of­fi­cers to tackle the ris­ing work­load from the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice.

The think tank, con­ceived by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi as re­place­ment for the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion of Nehru­vian era, pro­poses to hire staff on dep­u­ta­tion as well as con­tract at at­trac­tive pay pack­ages, of­fi­cials said.

The Sind­hushree Khullar-led task force on re­struc­tur­ing NITI Aayog sec­re­tariat had in 2015 sug­gested three di­vi­sions un­der the Aayog’s chief ex­ec­u­tive. Th­ese in­clude the Team In­dia hub (TIH), a flexi pool and a Knowl­edge and In­no­va­tion Hub (KIH).

While the Aayog con­sti­tuted the TIH and the KIH through an or­der dated Au­gust 14, 2015, there has been no progress in con­sti­tut­ing the flexi pool since then be­cause the re­cruit­ment rules have not been fi­nalised, thus lim­it­ing the in­sti­tu­tion’s ca­pac­ity to take on new as­sign­ments ow­ing to the paucity of work­force.

The Aayog will now cre­ate a flexi pool of nearly 100 ex­perts at the rank of ad­vi­sors, deputy ad­vi­sors, joint ad­vi­sors, se­nior ad­vi­sors, se­nior re­search of­fi­cers and eco­nomic of­fi­cers, who can be ei­ther hired on dep­u­ta­tion or can be a di­rect re­cruit­ment on con­tract.

Th­ese in­clude 19 posts for joint or deputy ad­vi­sors, seven posts for ad­vi­sors and se­nior ad­vi­sors, four eco­nomic of­fi­cers and 44 se­nior re­search of­fi­cers. The salary of eco­nomic ad­vi­sors will vary from ₹ 44,900 to ₹ 1.42 lakh a month for ex­perts on dep­u­ta­tion and would be a con­sol­i­dated amount of ₹ 85,000 of­fi­cers on con­tract.

The salary for se­nior re­search of­fi­cers would range from ₹ 67,700 to ₹ 2.08 lakh (dep­u­ta­tion) and ₹ 1.25 lakh for pro­fes­sion­als hired on con­tract.

The joint or deputy ad­vi­sors would be paid in the range of ₹ 1.23 lakh to ₹ 2.15 lakh (dep­u­ta­tion) for and ₹ 2.2 lakh on con­tract while the ad­vi­sors could be paid be­tween ₹ 1.44 lakh to ₹ 2.18 lakh (dep­u­ta­tion) and ₹ 2.65 lakh (con­tract), and the se­nior ad­vi­sors could fetch be­tween ₹ 1.82 lakh and ₹ 2.24 lakh (dep­u­ta­tion), and ₹ 3.30 lakh if hired on con­tract.

“Of­fi­cers ap­pointed on con­tract ba­sis would not be en­ti­tled to res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion, of­fi­cial trans­port, leave en­cash­ment or any other al­lowances as ad­mis­si­ble to a reg­u­lar gov­ern­ment em­ployee,” the re­cruit­ment rules, 2017 said. The Aayog has sought com­ments from all stake­hold­ers on Flexi Pool Re­cruit­ment Rules, 2017 within 30 days, fol­low­ing which it will no­tify the rules and be­gin hir­ing ex­perts to strengthen its work­force.

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