Rock­star Amitabh

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NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, a 1980-batch IAS of­fi­cer from Ker­ala is called a ‘rock­star’ among his batch mates. He is one civil ser­vant who is most ac­tive on so­cial me­dia. Since he has taken over as CEO NITI Aayog, he is mov­ing every day from one pro­gramme to an­other pro­gramme. He not only trav­els most of the time with the Prime Min­is­ter but also with min­is­ters. He is so en­grossed in his new found avatar that he is vis­it­ing most of the Prime Min­is­ter’s pro­gramme im­ple­men­ta­tion cen­tres in far flung ar­eas. He is al­ways im­mac­u­lately dressed and car­ries him­self with dig­nity. He has a sim­ple for­mula to get the best out of every­thing. First, he works with a team which is su­perb in their field and never com­pro­mises on qual­ity. He never minds spend­ing for the cause and cre­ates a niche for it. The In­cred­i­ble In­dia cam­paign is his cre­ation. He is tech savvy and mo­ti­vates his col­leagues to adopt newage tech­nol­ogy. Re­cently the NITI Aayog or­gan­ised ‘Movelo Cy­clothon’ near In­dia Gate. He him­self was lead­ing from the front by rid­ing a cy­cle along with state home min­is­ter Kiren Ri­jiju. “In­clu­sive, af­ford­able and cleaner mode of trans­porta­tion. “Phe­nom­e­nal ex­pe­ri­ence! We need to move peo­ple, not cars. Cy­cling is the way to go for a health­ier life and a less pol­lut­ing city,” he tweeted, adding that cy­cling lanes are a must for In­dian cities. This, then, is the new face of plan­ning in In­dia–the NITI Aayog or­gan­is­ing Cy­clothons whereas the ear­lier Plan­ning Com­mis­sion was con­fined to or­gan­is­ing mostly sem­i­nars and talks.

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