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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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Glory to PM Modi and Country Angers Certain Forces

A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor

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A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor.

By: Salil Gewali

Many will not disagree that the PM Modi is fairly unpopular among a certain popular elite within the country. However, he has earned an immeasurable number of admirers outside the country. The fact why he is an eyesore for certain groups of people and celebrities while they are bowled over and ever supportive of specific dull-witted and inexperienced leaders is something very weird and contrasting. This phenomenon defies the long-held assumption that “education” makes one rational and free from the psychological shortfall. Nevertheless, PM Modi is least bothered what his smart detractors think and do against him.  He hardly wishes evil upon anyone. He has multiple of reasons to stay buoyed and cheery. The flood of praises coming from outside the country has always swelled PM Modi’s chest. Therefore, even in the foreign soil he goes, without a hitch, shouting at full throttle —‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.  

Truly, it’s totally wrong to ignore many achievements associated with PM Modi. Yes, he has been chosen to be honored with the highest civilian award – Order of Zayed by the UAE government.  Not just that, the countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Palestine also have come forward to honor the Indian PM with their respective highest awards. A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor. His unfaltering dedication and devotion to execute formulated policies and planes have yielded positive results, though some section of powerful people try to undermine and demean them all.

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Modi government has been able to pull off many thorny external affairs and issues too quickly.

What is most attractive in PM Modi is that he is smartly clever to strike the personal kinship with any individual foreign leaders and diplomats. Yes, due to his personal touch and warmth, the Modi government has been able to pull off many thorny external affairs and issues too quickly. Of course, this is doubtlessly praiseworthy. Yes, good truths should be not suppressed and falsehood should not be exaggerated.

However, a very strange vibe is noticed in the country. It is nothing but an unenthusiastic silence maintained by the popular media when Modi receives some accolades and appreciation. Many choose not to mention it at all, not even as news-item. This all makes everything all the more conspicuous. Well, this, in fact, only prompts the swarm of netizens to be more active in social media, their battlefields. They are seen furiously vocal. The ranting, raving, and name-calling against the backdrop of the importance given to a certain class of leaders make the situation less pleasant and logical. Not just that people in the social media are quick to throw up contrasting examples citing how media goes gaga over a “less intelligent lot” while keeping deafening silence over things that bring glory and fame to the nation. This is doubtlessly a bizarre development. This way the detractors or opponents always run the risk of losing their own integrity.

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A business done by sacrificing integrity ends up in disaster. Opposition to ideas and political parties is always welcome, which is democratic, but the biased attitude against the “truth” and positivity can only dilute the sanctity of the enterprise and professionalism. As concerned citizens, should we not first want that the light of glory and joy dispel the gloom of darkness and despair in the country? Let’s not waste our precious life by struggling to call the untruth as truth and vice versa. This exercise only contributes to polluting our mindset and the country becomes less peaceful and more vulnerable.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great Minds on India’.

Twitter:  @SGewali