National consultation on NITI Aayog_11th February 2015

Understanding the NITI Aayog: Objective, role and mandate.

WNTA, as a network of over 4000 NGOs/CSOs and experts working on governance and accountability, have been involved in the review of the 11th Plan. We were instrumental in bringing over large number of organizations across the country to deliberate on the priorities in the 12th Plan.

The new institution namely NITI Aayog (National Institute for Transforming India) has been constituted by the NDA government, which takes the place of the Planning Commission.  The NITI Aayog is going to set in motion a new planning process soon.

Therefore, WNTA organised a national consultation at India Habitat Centre  on February 11, 2015  to discuss on: Understanding the NITI Aayog: Objective, role and mandate.

The consultation turned out to be a good platform to bring forward the voice of the experts, civil society and intellectuals. Various issues were discussed about the new Aayog.

The consultation began with introductory presentation by Pradeep Baisakh(Program Co-ordinator, WNTA)

First session was anchored by Paul Divakar(Co-convenor,WNTA) and eminent panelists like Dr. N.C. Saxena(Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GOI), Prof. Arun Maira(Former member of Planning Commission) and  Prof. Balveer Arora (former professor of Political Science, JNU) discussed on Journey from Planning Commission to NITI Aayog; discussion on role of NITI Aayog.

Second session was anchored by Nisha Agrawal from OXFAM India and panelists were Dr. Govind Rao( member of 14th Finance commission) and Girish Nikam(Senior Journalist, Rajya Sabha TV) who spoke on NITI Aayog: Ensuring social justice and inclusion.

Third session was anchored by Amitabh Behar, WNTA and panelists were Biraj Pattnaik (Advisor, Supreme Court Commission on Right to Food) , Richa Singh (Co-convenor,WNTA) and Harsh Jaitli (VANI); who shared their views and concern over Role of CSOs in NITI Aayog.

Fourth session was anchored by Shireen Miller (Save the Children) and Yamini Mishra( UN Women) and Pooja Parvati(Oxfam India) shared their views about NITI Aayog and Post 2015 development agenda.