NITI Aayog has selected Parameswaran Iyer to serve as its CEO for the next two years.

After Amitabh Kant’s retirement on June 30, Iyer, an IAS officer with the Uttar Pradesh cadre who graduated in 1981 and is known as a sanitation specialist, will take over as chief executive officer of Niti Aayog. The order stated that Iyer will hold this position for two years or until further orders, whichever comes first.

An order from the government stated on Friday that former Secretary of Drinking Water and Sanitation Parameswaran Iyer, who was also the driving force behind the Swachh Bharat Mission, would now serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Niti Aayog.

He will take over for Amitabh Kant, who will step down from his position on the 30th of June.

According to the directive from the personnel ministry, Iyer has been given a position that will last for two years or until future instructions, whichever comes first.
The ruling states that the appointment of Iyer has been made subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable for Kant’s position.

Iyer is a well-known sanitation specialist. He is best known for leading the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s flagship programme, the Swachh Bharat Mission, between the years of 2016 and 2020. Iyer joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1981 and is a member of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.

Iyer had left the Indian Administrative Service on a voluntary basis in 2009 and retired from that position. In addition to that, he has experience working for the United Nations as a senior rural water and sanitation specialist.

Kant, the outgoing CEO of Niti Aayog, was instrumental in the formulation of several of the organization’s policies, including but not limited to those pertaining to digital India, asset monetisation, disinvestment, the aspirational districts programme, and electric cars.

On February 17, 2016, he was given the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Niti Aayog for a predetermined period of two years. After that, Kant was granted an extension until the 30th of June in 2019. His original tenure was supposed to finish in June 2019, but it was extended for a further two years to June 2021, and then it was extended for an additional year till June 30 of this year.

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