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NITI Aayog Prioritisation Session

On June 14, 2018 the India Consensus prioritization methodology was presented at a NITI Aayog in Delhi. The event was attended  attended by Chief Secretaries, Additional Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries/Secretaries dealing with the Planning Department of 32 States and Union Territories, Joint Secretaries from 14 Ministries, senior officers from NITI Aayog, eminent economists and researchers under the aegis of both Vice-chair Dr Rajiv Kumar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shri Amitabh Kant. Copenhagen Consensus President, Dr Bjorn Lomborg presented the policies and interventions which generate the most social, economic and environmental good for the States.

Both Dr Kumar and ShriKant appreciated the process, reaffirmed that they want to see it used for the SDGs, for other states, and for aspirational districts. Several states also indicated they would be interested in taking prioritization forward.

India Consensus has been invited by NITI Aayog to assess the social benefit-cost ratios for priority indicators of Sustainable Development Goals for India. The social benefit-cost ratio (BCR), is an indicator of the cost-effectiveness of an intervention, as it demonstrates the amount of social, economic and environmental benefits achieved per Rupee invested.

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Dr. Rajiv Kumar

Dr. Rajiv Kumar has a wide experience of having worked in government, academia, industry as well as in multinational institutions.  A founding director of Pahle India Foundation, Dr. Kumar was a Fellow at CPR and earlier the CEO of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations(ICRIER).  He has also been Chief Economist at CII and Secretary General of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry(FICCI).  He was a professor at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade(IIFT) and serves as the Chancellor of Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.  In the government, he was Economic Advisor with Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance and Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices(BICP), Ministry of Industry.  He was Principal Economist at Asian Development Bank, Manila where he spent 10 years.  Prior to his appointment as Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, he served on many Boards including that of RBI and SBI.


List of Participants 

  • Dr Rajeev Kumar, Vice Chair NITI Aayog
  • Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
  • Yaduvendra Mathur, Additional Secretary - NITI
  • Shireen Vakil, Head, Policy and Advocasy Tata Trusts
  • NITI, PS - NITI
  • Dr Jyoti Kiran, Chair State Finance Commision - Rajasthan 
  • Amitabh Jain, Principal Sec, Planning
  • Heera lal Samariya, Secretary - Ministry of Labour and Employment
  • Ajay Tirkey, Additional Secretary - Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Sanjeev Kumar, Additional Secretary - Ministry of Rural Development
  • Sanjay Kumar, Joint Secretary - Ministry of Housing and Urban Affaires
  • Dinesh Kumar, Joint Sec- Department of Agriculture and Coopration
  • Dr Manohar Agnani, Joint Secretary - Policy and NHM, Ministry of Health and Family welfare
  • Devnder Singh, Spl Secretary, Finance and Planning, GNCTD
  • Jitendra Kumar, Adviser - NITI Aayog
  • U K Sharma, Adviser - NITI Aayog
  • Ashok Kumar Jain, Adviser-RD, NITI Aayog
  • Praveen Mahto, Adviser PAMD, NITI
  • Vinod Kumar, Adviser - Govt of Meghalaya
  • Dr Vishwas Mehta, Additional Chief Secretary (planning and economin affaires) Govt of Kerala
  • Daulat Hawaldar, Sec Planning, Govt of Goa
  • Kulanand Joshi, Secretery (Finance and Planning Department), Govt of Andamand and Nicobar Admn
  • Guuraddhe Mulleyaa, Pr Sec Planning, Govt of Madhya Pradesh
  • Himanshu Gupta, Spl Secretary Planning, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Dr Ranjeet Kumar Singh, Secretary Planning Uttarakhand
  • Ashish Vachhani, Secretery (Planning Department), Govt of Tamilnadu
  • Rohit Kanwal, Pr Sec (Planning) J&K Govt
  • Moloy Bora, Sec Planning, Govt of Assam
  • Neena Sharma, Secretery, Planning - UttarPradesh Govt
  • Tuhin K Pandey, Pr Secretary, Finance Department, Govt of Odisha
  • Dr Vivek Saxena, Addl Resident Commissionar, Govt of Haryana
  • Anil Sarkar, OSD, NITI Aayog
  • D B Gupta, Dy Director, Planning, GNCTD
  • Bhartendu Shandilya, Dy Resident Commissioner, UT of Chandigarh
  • Vanashsree Vipin Singh, Chief Evalution Officer, Karnatka Evaluation Authrity, Govt of Karnatna
  • Dr Mdhav Sharan Singh, Joint Director, Planning Department, Govt of Gujarat
  • Rajeev Arora, Addl Development Commissioner, Govt of meghalaya
  • Shakuntala Singh, Jt Sec, department of Planning, Govt of Raj
  • Vinesh Singhvi, OSD-Planning, Govt of rajasthan
  • S Satyanarayana, Joint Director, Finance Department, Govt of telangana
  • Madhura Chakravorty, DD Ministry of Skill Development
  • Anjana Tanwar, AD Ministry of Skill Development
  • Amit Srivastava, DG- DMEO, NITI Aayog
  • R. Ramanan, MD - Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog
  • Sukhgeet Kaur, Director - NITI Aayog
  • Balwant Singh, Director- Planning, gGovt of Punjab
  • Yashvir Singh, Economic Adviser - Ministry of environment, forest and climate change
  • Bhupesh Kumar, SJC (PP) Ministry of water Resources
  • Suneel Pandita, Dy Director, Planning Department, J&K Govt
  • Anita Mukhija, Asst tech Adviser, Ministry of Women and Chil.
  • Deepika Srivastava, Sr Consultant - NITI Aayog and EAC-PM
  • Rajat Kathuria, Director - ICRIER
  • Anil Khaitan, President- PHD-CCI
  • Dr C M Kumar, NITI Aayog
  • Pravin Srivastava, CRC, Tripura Bhawan, Govt of Tripura
  • Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General - CUTs International
  • Varun Bhardwaj, Sec - PHD Chamber
  • Amir Ullah Khan, Prof ISB
  • Rajendra Chadha, Acting DG NCAER & Sr Fellow
  • Aanntika Singh, Advisor Child Protection
  • Bidisha Ganguly, Chief Economist-CII
  • Dr Vijaylakshmi, Economist
  • Nirupama Soundarajan, Sr Fellow, Pahle India
  • Shagun Khurana, Sr Research, Pahle India
  • Rajesh Chakrabarti, Co-founder, Sunay Policy Advisory Pvt Ltd
  • A Shariff, US India Foundation
  • N Banik Prof, Bennatt University
  • Rahul Ahluwalia, Gates Foundation