NITI Aayog to create flexi pool of 100 officers, advisors to share work load of PMO

NEW DELHI: NITI Aayog is firming up recruitment rules that will help the government’s think tank to 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 Rs 44,900 to Rs 1.42 lakh a month for experts on deputation and would be a consolidated amount of Rs 85,000 for officers on contract.

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

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