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The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015. NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. While designing strategic and long term policies and programmes for the Government of India, NITI Aayog also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and States.


The Governing Council of NITI, with The Prime Minister as its Chairman, comprises Chief Ministers of all States and Lt. Governors of Union Territories (UTs).


The Government of India, in keeping with its reform agenda, constituted the NITI Aayog to replace the Planning Commission instituted in 1950. This was done in order to better serve the needs and aspirations of the people of India. An important evolutionary change from the past, NITI Aayog acts as the quintessential platform of the Government of India to bring States to act together in national interest, and thereby fosters Cooperative Federalism.


On 7 June 2018, the Prime Minister approved the reconstitution of NITI Aayog to include Ex-officio members and special invitees.



  1. Chairperson – Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

  2. Vice Chairperson – Shri Rajiv Kumar

  3. Full – Time Members-

    1. Dr. V K Saraswat

    2. Prof. Ramesh Chand

    3. Dr. Vinod Kumar Paul

  4. Ex-Officio Members-

    1. Minister of Home Affairs – Shri Amit Shah

    2. Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs – Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

    3. Minister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry – Shri Piyush Goyal

    4. Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj – Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

    5. Minister of State (Planning) – Shri Rao Inderjit Singh

  5. Special Invitees-

    1. Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises – Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari

    2. Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment – Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot

    3. Minister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles – Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani