Public Administration Mains 2017 : Model Question and
(Public Administration Paper II / Chapter: Plans and Priorities)
(Current Based) Question :
Discuss the issues and confusion regarding the role of newly formed NITI Aayog.
(15 Marks/200 words)
Model Answer :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up the National Institution for Transforming
India, or the Niti Aayog, as a key venture in the dismantling of the Nehruvian
(I) The government yet to define the role Niti Aayog ought to play as a
premier government think-tank. Even to function as a useful think-tank that can
shape public policy, the Aayog requires clarity about its space in the
(II) The government needs to draw clear brief for staffing the institution.
It is not just about the top rung. Other layers of the staff have a great deal
(III) They are assisted by a host of non-government institutions, besides
government officials at the Centre and in the states. Potential technocrats and
their intellectual moorings should be valued for providing different
perspectives and approaches.
(IV) The Niti Aayog unlike Planning Commission had no powers to direct, no
one was listening to the recommendations of the think tank. Although its
vice-chairman had the rank of cabinet minister, but PM himself did not bother
with him much. (Total Words-180)
(Linkages : Niti Aayog and Its Role, Niti Aayog and Staffing, Niti Aayog
and Different Perspectives, Niti Aayog and Power to Direct)