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NITI Aayog to increase pay by 36 per cent to attract young professionals

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With an eye to draw the best talent, the National Institution for Transforming India(NITI Aayog) has decided to pay up to 36 per cent higher salaries to young professionals (YPs), along with capping the age limit at 32 years.

The decision is in line with the government’s efforts to bring in younger people to contribute to policymaking at the think tank that replaced the erstwhile Planning Commission.

According to the revised guidelines issued recently, the Aayog has fixed the salary of young professionals, at Rs 40,000-70,000 per month including the transport allowance, with an annual increase of Rs 5,000.

This is a 27-36 per cent jump from the Rs 31,500-51,500 pay entitlements of YPs guaranteed by the previous commission.

Apart from the pay increase, the revised guidelines have reduced the upper age limit by eight years from the earlier cap of 40 years.

“NITI Aayog seeks to engage 20 YPs with an aptitude for public policy and development under the Young Professionals Programme,” the Aayog has said in an advertisement inviting applications for the programme.

Back in May 2014, the commission had revised the guidelines for YPs, resulting in a 20 per cent increase in salaries over 2009.

The concept was first introduced by the commission’s then deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Under the previous commission, the YPs were entitled to a reimbursement of second AC train fare as transport allowance and a daily allowance of Rs 750 if they travelled out of the city for project related work.

“Though the current advertisement is for hiring 20 YPs only we may see the number go up as the work flows in,” an official told ET, referring to the likelihood of increase in number of YPs.

At any given time in a year, the maximum number of YPs at the Aayog were pegged at 60 while the entire hiring process was centralised and recruitment restricted to twice a year, depending on the requirement of various divisions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi replaced the commission with the Aayog on January 1 this year, and the institution is about to hire the first batch of YPs under the current government.

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Gokhale said that Modi's two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations
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Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)

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