NITI Aayog houses a number of specialised wings, including Research, Consultancy and Team-India. The Research Wing will develop in-house sectoral expertise as a dedicated think-tank of top notch domain experts, specialists and scholars.
The Consultancy Wing provides a market-place of panels of expertise and funding for Central and State Governments to tap into. By playing match-maker instead of providing the entire services itself, NITI Aayog is able to focus its resources on priority matters, providing guidance and an overall quality check.
The Team India Wing comprises representatives from every State and Ministry and serves as a permanent platform for national collaboration.
Each representative will ensure every state/ministry has a continuous voice and stake in the NITI Aayog. They also establish a direct communication channel between the state/ministry and NITI Aayog for all development related matters as the dedicated liaison interface.
A national Hub-Spoke institutional model has been developed, with each State and Ministry encouraged tobuild dedicated mirror institutions, serving as the interface of interaction. These institutions, nurture their own networks of expertise at state and ministry level.
The objectives of the NITI Aayog are:
- To evolve a shared vision of national development priorities sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in the light of national objectives
- To foster cooperative federalism through structured support initiatives and mechanisms with the States on a continuous basis, recognizing that strong States make a strong nation
- To develop mechanisms to formulate credible plans at the village level and aggregate these progressively at higher levels of government
- To ensure, on areas that are specifically referred to it, that the interests of national security are incorporated in economic strategy and policy
- To pay special attention to the sections of our society that may be at risk of not benefiting adequately from economic progress
- To design strategic and long term policy and programme frameworks and initiatives, and monitor their progress and their efficacy. The lessons learnt through monitoring and feedback will be used for making innovative improvements, including necessary mid-course corrections
- To provide advice and encourage partnerships between key stakeholders and national and international like-minded Think tanks, as well as educational and policy research institutions.
- To create a knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurial support system through a collaborative community of national and international experts, practitioners and other partners.
- To offer a platform for resolution of inter-sectoral and inter departmental issues in order to accelerate the implementation of the development agenda.
- To maintain a state-of-the-art Resource Centre, be a repository of research on good governance and best practices in sustainable and equitable development as well as help their dissemination to stake-holders
- To actively monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes and initiatives, including the identification of the needed resources so as to strengthen the probability of success and scope of delivery
- To focus on technology upgradation and capacity building for implementation of programmes and initiatives
- To undertake other activities as may be necessary in order to further the execution of the national development agenda, and the objectives mentioned above
NITI Aayog has listed seven guiding principles for the think tank, including antyodaya, which advocates prioritizing service and uplift of the poor and marginalized; inclusion of the vulnerable and marginalized sections and redressing identity-based inequalities; integrating villages into the development process; harnessing India’s demographic dividend through education and skilling; people’s participation in the developmental process; nurturing an open and accountable style of governance; and sustainability at the core of the planning and developmental process.
Cooperative and competitive federalism, decentralized planning, evolving a shared vision of national development priorities and designing medium- and long-term strategic frameworks of the big picture vision of India’s future across schemes, sectors, regions and time are among key objectives of the Aayog.
The think tank is meant to reflect changes required in India’s governance structures and provide a more active role for the state governments in achieving national objectives
It will provide critical, directional and strategic input to the development process, focusing on deliverables and outcomes. This, along with being as incubator and disseminator of fresh thought and ideas for development, will be the core mission of NITI Aayog.