Rajiv Kumar resigns as Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog, Suman K Bery to take over from May 1

The Narendra Modi government on Friday appointed Suman K Bery vice-president of Niti Aayog, following the resignation of Rajiv Kumar. Bery will take office from May 1, 2022.

The Ministry of Personnel, in a statement, said the cabinet’s nominations committee had accepted Rajiv Kumar’s resignation and appointed Suman Bery as a full-time member of NITI Aayog and then vice-president from May 1.

Bery had previously served as the Managing Director (Chief Executive Officer) of the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi. He was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, the Statistical Commission and the Technical Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy of the Reserve Bank of India.

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Kumar, a prominent economist, took over as vice president from Niti Aayog in August 2017 after VC Arvind Panagariya left the government think tank to return to academics.

He holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Lucknow. He was also a senior researcher at the Center for Policy Research (CPR).

Kumar was Secretary General of FICCI and had also served as Director and Managing Director of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He was a member of the National Security Advisory Council between 2006 and 2008.

He was also the Chief Economist of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and held senior positions at the Asian Development Bank, India’s Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Finance.

Kumar is also a member of the boards of several international and national institutions, including King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia in Jakarta, State Bank of India and the Indian Institute of Foreign Exchange.

First post: STI


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