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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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India, Canada Pledge To Fight Terrorism In All Forms

Modi and Trudeau also welcomed the agreement on a bilateral Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism that was signed between the two countries

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  • India and Canada pledged to fight terrorism in all its forms
  • Modi and Trudeau also agreed on the Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
  • Both the countries are looking forward to a cooperative future

India and Canada on Friday pledged to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations while declaring that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorist and violent extremist activities.

The assertion by the two countries came in a joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and assumes significance in the context of perceived softness on the part of Canada towards Khalistani separatists operating on its soil.

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India and Canada pledged to fight terrorism together. www.affairscloud.com

“Recognising that terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation to violence present acute challenges to global peace, stability and prosperity, the leaders resolved to combat terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations,” the joint statement said.

“They called for bringing terrorists to justice and holding accountable state sponsors of terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. They further emphasised that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorist and violent extremist activities.”

Modi and Trudeau also welcomed the agreement on a bilateral Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism that was signed between the two countries.

The Framework recognised the urgent imperative to disrupt recruitment, terrorist movements and the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, address the threat posed by cross-border and state-sponsored terrorism, stop sources of terrorist financing, dismantle terrorist infrastructure and prevent the supply of arms to terrorists and counter violent extremism and radicalisation to violence.

The two sides emphasised the need to deny operating space to terrorist and violent extremist groups.

Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism was signed between the two countries. Wikimedia Commons
Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism was signed between the two countries. Wikimedia Commons

Under the Framework, both sides committed to further develop exchanges and facilitate effective cooperation in the fields of security, finance, justice, and law enforcement, including, where appropriate, at the operational level.

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It consists of institutionalised cooperation between the National Security Council Secretariat of India and the office of Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Advisor, and regular exchanges and coordination between India and Canada, which will be guided by the joint National Security Advisors’ Dialogue.

The joint statement further said that to reaffirm the importance of lawful commerce and the freedom of navigation and over-flight throughout the Indo-Pacific region, in accordance with international law, including the rights and jurisdiction of states under UN Convention for Law of the Sea (Unclos), the two leaders supported bolstering regional connectivity through transparent development of infrastructure and use of responsible debt financing practices, while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, the rule of law and environment.

Modi and Trudeau also expressed “strong concern” over the prevailing security situation in Afghanistan and the recent political developments in the Maldives and their implications for free society.

The Two Countries will work together towards peace.
The Two Countries will work together towards peace.

On the economic side, both leaders agreed to realise the full potential of bilateral trade and investment and both sides will renew efforts to expand and diversify bilateral economic and commercial relations.

“They will also intensify negotiations to finalise a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and a Bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement,” the statement said. Modi and Trudeau also agreed to strengthen bilateral and international cooperation to address climate change and secure a clean energy future and committed to promoting the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

“The leaders welcomed the initiative to establish the (India-initiated) International Solar Alliance to promote renewable energy for sustainable development,” the statement said. “They urged research institutions and industry in both countries to collaborate to promote greater use of solar technology.”

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It stated that the two leaders “underscored the importance of accelerating the global transition to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy sources and acknowledged that renewable energy is a pathway to a low-carbon and more sustainable energy system”.

“Recognising the dynamic role of people-to-people ties in the India-Canada partnership, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to address consular issues of mutual concern through discussion between the concerned officials,” the statement said. “They welcomed the expansion of direct air connectivity between Indian and Canadian cities.” IANS