PM Modi praises the work done by Arvind Panagariya as Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog

Mon, 2017-09-25

In a speech given in the presence of senior Cabinet Members and Secretaries, as well as 220 young CEOs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the work done by Professor Arvind Panagariya as the Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog. The Prime Minister himself serves as the Chairman of the NITI Aayog, which replaced the erstwhile Planning Commission on January 1, 2015. Professor Panagariya joined the NITI Aayog as its first Vice Chairman on 13th January 2015 and served in that capacity until 31st August 2017. On September 2, 2017, he returned to Columbia University to resume his duties as the Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

The translation of the Prime Minister's comments:

"Today, I would especially like to congratulate our NITI Aayog's Vice Chairman, Dr. Arvind Panagariya. He has demonstrated how work is done in mission mode. He stayed in America for 45 years, never thought of coming back. His family had also settled there. I was friends with him. I told him you have earned enough money, now give some time to the nation. On my one word, he came here. For three years, he ran NITI Aayog and helped it to grow. Today, it is radically different from [predecessor institution] the Planning Commission. This is a tremendous contribution. And the incredible thing is that after this week he is leaving the country and going back to America but even today he is continuing to work with utmost dedication. He is present among us. This is not a small thing. Normally people take a month to pack and wrap everything up. But he is still working with great commitment. I believe that we are not short of such people in this country and it is on their strength that we can dream of a New India by 2022. I would like to extend my best wishes to Arvind ji. He has done outstanding work. This country will always remember his service and contributions. He has played a fundamental role in this initiative and has been with you during the last two days. He is of a silent nature and often you may not even find out who he is. He always keeps a low profile and stays out of the limelight which is also a great quality."

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