Amitabh Kant gets extension as CEO NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant has granted further extension for another year (upto 30 June 2022) or until further orders.

GN Bureau | June 30, 2021


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NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant has granted further extension for another year (upto 30 June 2022) or until further orders. He was given extension in the present capacity in 2019 till June 30, 2021.

He is 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service officer and has been a key driver of the “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and God’s Own Country” initiatives that positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and tourism destinations. These campaigns have won several international awards and embraced a host of activities – infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding based on extensive market research.  Mr. Kant also conceptualized the “Atithi Devo Bhavah” – “Guest is God” campaign to train Taxi Drivers, Guides, immigration officials and make them stake holders in the tourism development process. Amitabh Kant was also the National Project Director of the Rural Tourism Project of UNDP which made a paradigm shift in spreading tourism to Indian villages which had core-competency in handicrafts, handloom and culture.

Amitabh Kant has worked as CMD, ITDC; Joint Secretary,Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; Secretary, Tourism, Government of Kerala; Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation; District Collector, Kozikhode and Managing Director, Matsyafed.  During his tenure in Kerala, he structured the Calicut Airport as a private sector project based on User’s Free and developed the BSES Power Project and Mattanchery Bridge under Private Public Partnership.  He was also responsible for introducing new technology (fiberglass crafts and outboard motor) in the fisheries sector and launching beach level auctions which substantially enhanced returns to traditional fishermen.

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