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Parameswaran Iyer, a 1981-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as the chief executive officer of NITI Aayog, the Indian government’s public policy think tank and nodal agency for economic development.
NITI Aayog is empowered to oversee the adoption and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals in the country and to promote competitive and cooperative federalism among States and UTs. NITI Aayog does not just collect data on SDGs also ensure proactively that the goals and targets are achieved.
Iyer, who took over charge from his predecessor, Amitabh Kant, was the secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation during 2016-20. An official statement stated: “With over 25 years of experience in the water and sanitation sector, Iyer spearheaded the implementation of India’s flagship $20-billion Swachh Bharat Mission, which successfully delivered access to safe sanitation to 550 million people.”
After taking charge of Niti Aayog, Iyer said: “Honoured and humbled to have been given the incredible opportunity to serve the country again—this time as CEO, NITI Aayog. I am deeply grateful to Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi for another chance to work under his leadership towards a transformed India.”