PEOPLE ON THE NEW PANEL
N K Singh:
N K Singh was a Rajya Sabha MP from 2008-2014, when he was in Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United).
Now a Bharatiya Janata Party member, he has served as secretary of revenue and expenditure departments in the finance ministry and was an officer on special duty in the Prime Minister’s Office under Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was also a member of the erstwhile Planning Commission. Singh also headed the FRBM panel, which has recommended the fiscal road map for the Central government till FY23. Its report is still being examined by the Centre.
A veteran economic policymaker and former economic affairs secretary, Shaktikanta Das has helped shape eight Union Budgets — 2017-18 was his last.
A 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service Officer from the Tamil Nadu cadre, he was, in a way, the face of demonetisation, as he used to appear every evening in front of reporters and television cameras to announce the regular changes in rules during November, December 2016.
Ashok Lahiri served as chief economic advisor in the finance ministry, serving both the National Democratic Alliance and the United Progressive Alliance-1 governments from 2002 to 2007.
His tenure saw one of the fastest economic growth rates in India. Later, he served as the executive director, representing India in Asian Development Bank till 2013. Subsequently, he was part of many committees including the one to interact with the trade and industry on the imposition of excise duty on jewellery. He is a Business Standard columnist.
Ramesh Chand, member of NITI Aayog, has been involved in policy formulation for the agriculture sector for the past 15 years.
Prior to joining NITI Aayog, he was director at National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi. He is also member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Food Security and Agriculture. Chand has authored seven books and published more than 100 research papers in reputed national and international journals.
Anoop Singh was managing director and head of regulatory affairs, Asia Pacific, for JP Morgan during 2014-2015.
Before that, at the International Monetary Fund, he was director of the Asia and Pacific Department (2008-13) and director of the Western Hemisphere Department (2002-08). Apart from remaining adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University in the US, he has also remained special advisor to the governor of the Reserve Bank of India and senior economic advisor to the Vice-President, Asia Region at the World Bank.