Former Water and Sanitation Secretary Parameswaran Iyer, who led the Swachh Bharat Mission, was appointed CEO of Niti Aayog on Friday, according to a government decree. He will replace Amitabh Kant, who will step down on June 30.
Iyer was appointed for two years or until further notice, whichever comes first, the personnel ministry order said. According to the order, Iyer’s appointment was made on the same terms and conditions that applied to Kant.
An IAS officer from 1981 of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, Iyer is a well-known sanitation specialist, and best known for leading Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s flagship program, the Swachh Bharat Mission, between 2016 and 2020.
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He had voluntarily retired from the Indian Administrative Service in 2009. He had also worked as a Senior Rural Water Sanitation Specialist with the United Nations.
Iyer becomes the third CEO of the government think tank. He is also the author of a book called “Method in the Madness – Insights from My Career as an Insider-Outsider-Insider”.
Niti Aayog’s outgoing CEO, Kant, has played a key role in shaping Niti Aayog’s policies, focusing on digital India, asset monetization, divestment, digital-related incentives program the production (PLI) of the ambitious district program and electric vehicles, among others.
He was appointed CEO of Niti Aayog on February 17, 2016, for a fixed term of two years. Kant then received an extension until June 30, 2019. His term was extended for two years until June 2021, and then another one-year extension was granted until June 30 this year.
First post: STI