Amitabh Kant: News

Amitabh Kant is a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog). He did his graduation in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, and an MA in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He entered the Indian Administrative Services and landed his first posting in Thalassery, Kerala. Kant leads Government of India's premier economic initiatives such as Make in India and Startup India, and is known for his stellar work in the tourism sector with Incredible India, Atithi Devo Bhava, and Kerala's God's Own Country campaigns. Over the years, Kant has operated in the Indian governance and policy making sphere in various capacities. Some of his appointments from a long list include Joint Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; Secretary of Tourism, Government of Kerala; CEO of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC); and Secretary of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Government of India; among others. Kant became the CEO of NITI Aayog in 2016 for a fixed two-year term, but his tenure was extended thrice, the latest extension being in 2019, till June 2022.

10 Sep 2023

G20 Summit

'200 hours of negotiations': Hard work behind India's G20 consensus

India's G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant and his team have been lauded for their efforts in helping the country secure a 100% consensus on the New Delhi declaration on the first day of the G20 Summit despite contentious issues.

13 Sep 2022


India to assume G20 Presidency, host summit in September 2023

India is all set to assume the Presidency of the G20 for one year from December 1, 2022, succeeding Indonesia, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release on Tuesday.

23 Aug 2021

Nirmala Sitharaman

Sitharaman launches National Monetization Pipeline to monetize under-utilized assets

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday launched the National Monetization Pipeline worth Rs. 6 lakh crore.

18 Sep 2020

NITI Aayog

In a first, Railways to levy "user-charge" to redevelop stations

To provide passengers with better facilities, the Indian Railways will, for the first time since its inception, charge a nominal user charge from them for crowded stations and the redeveloped ones, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said on Thursday.

23 May 2020


States could've done much better: NITI Aayog CEO on migrant-crisis

Amitabh Kant, CEO of government's policy think tank NITI Aayog, absolved the Centre of the migrant crisis and said states could have done "much better".

04 May 2020

Indian Railways

Never talked about charging migrant workers for transport, says Centre

Amid reports that migrant workers were asked to pay to be sent home across states, the Centre on Monday said that it had never talked about charging them for the transport.

20 Apr 2020

Maruti Suzuki

Indian company makes 'affordable' ventilator that does not need electricity

In a major development, a Bengaluru-based technology company has created an 'affordable ventilator' that does not need electricity to function.

03 Aug 2019


NITI Aayog CEO says 'too many reforms' behind economic slowdown

Recently, data compiled by the World Bank revealed that India slipped to the 7th spot in the global GDP rankings of 2018.

31 Jan 2019


NITI Aayog: Report claiming 45-year high unemployment unverified

Following reports that India's unemployment rate had hit a 45-year high, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, on Thursday, clarified that the data was "not verified" and was still being processed.

RBI Governor Urjit Patel to deliver lecture to anti-corruption officers

RBI Governor Urjit Patel is scheduled to deliver a lecture to senior anti-corruption officers working with banks and other public sector organizations next week in New Delhi.

29 Jun 2018


Gujarat's Dahod tops NITI's Delta rankings on 'aspirational districts'

Gujarat's Dahod district topped the first Delta ranking released today by NITI Aayog that captures incremental improvements of aspirational districts on health, education and other development parameters.

17 Jun 2018


L-G representing Delhi at NITI-Aayog meeting? Kejriwal gets a fact-check

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to express his anger on reports that Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal was "replacing" him at an ongoing NITI Aayog meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

11 Jun 2018


Government invites applications from public, private-sector employees for joint-secy posts

In a rare move, the government has published public ads inviting applications for 10 junior secretary posts.

30 May 2018

NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog's portal to give start-ups access to public data

Government think-tank NITI Aayog has plans to launch a new online portal through which public data will be made available to private entities, including start-ups, announced NITI Aayog's CEO Amitabh Kant at an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up conclave.

18 May 2018

Shashi Tharoor

Gurugram: Meet this father-daughter duo who scaled Mt. Everest

Around 4:30AM on Wednesday, when many of us were still rolling on our beds and were in our slumber, there was a Gurugram duo who reached the summit of Mount Everest, becoming India's first father-daughter duo to achieve the feat.

26 Mar 2018


India ranks 109th in mobile Internet-speed, 67th in fixed broadband-speed

India, the largest consumer of mobile data in the world, is again ranked 109th in the mobile Internet speed and 67th for fixed broadband speed globally, according to data from Ookla's Speedtest Index.

17 Mar 2018


Government to soon ban commercial vehicles older than 20 years

The central government will make the scrapping of all commercial vehicles older than 20 years mandatory from 2020, a meeting headed by PM Modi's principal secretary Nripendra Misra decided on Friday.

04 Nov 2017


NITI Aayog: Poverty, corruption free India by 2022

Modi government's think-tank NITI Aayog presented a New India @2022 document which envisaged India to be free from "poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism and communalism."

12 Jul 2017


Shillong: Meet the ladies that turn garbage into gold

They are called the 'Merry Maidens' of Shillong with a twist.

03 Sep 2016

Nirmala Sitharaman

200 e-commerce companies suspected fake, under DIPP scanner

Around 200 e-commerce companies have come under the scanner of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), many of whom are suspected to be fake.