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Rajiv Kumar takes charge as NITI Aayog vice-chairman

Rajiv Kumar

New Delhi: Economist Rajiv Kumar today took over as the vice-chairman of NITI Aayog.

He replaced Arvind Panagariya, an Indian-American economist who left the think tank on Thursday to return to academia.

Kumar was a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research or CPR. He holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University.

Before joining the Centre for Policy Research, he was Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry or FICCI. He has also served as Director  & Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and chief economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

He also held various positions with the Asian Development Bank, the Indian Ministry of Industries, and the Ministry of Finance.

He was also a member of the National Security Advisory Board between 2006 and 2008.

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