NITI Aayog: Objectives And Features


To evolve a shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States.

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 is developing itself as a State-of-the-art Resource Centre, with the necessary resources, knowledge and skills, that will enable it to act with speed, promote research and innovation, provide strategic policy vision for the government, and deal with contingent issues.

NITI Aayog’s entire gamut of activities can be divided into four main heads:

Design Policy & Programme Framework

Foster Cooperative Federalism

Monitoring & Evaluation

Think Tank and Knowledge & Innovation Hub

Cooperative Federalism

NITI Aayog has been constituted to actualize the important goal of cooperative federalism and to enable good governance in India to build a strong nation state.

Two key features of Cooperative Federalism are: joint focus on the national development agenda by the Centre and States; and advocacy of State perspectives with Central Ministries.

At the fourth Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog, held on 17 June 2018, the Prime Minister once again highlighted the importance of NITI Aayog as a platform to inspire cooperative federalism, stressing on the need for effective center-state cooperation to advance development outcomes and achieve double-digit and inclusive growth for India.

It is the constant endeavor of NITI Aayog to evolve a shared vision of national priorities, sectors, and strategies with the active involvement of States, wherein States are equal stakeholders in the planning process as well. In keeping with this the present Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar committed himself to visit all States, to develop and offer a platform for resolution of inter-sectoral and inter-departmental issues in order to accelerate the implementation of the development agenda.

NITI Aayog has also established models and programmes for development of infrastructure and to reignite and establish Private Public Partnership, such as the Centre-State partnership model: Development Support Services to States (DSSS); and the Sustainable Action For Transforming Human Capital (SATH) programme which is designed to help States improve their social sector indicators by providing them technical support.

Further, with the aim of correcting regional developmental imbalance, NITI Aayog has taken special steps for regions needing special attention and support, like the North Eastern States , Island States and hilly Himalayan States by constituting special forums to identify their specific constraints, formulating special policies to ensure sustainable development takes place in these regions while also protecting their abundant natural resources.

India Knowledge Hub

To build knowledge systems for the States and the Centre, NITI is pleased to announce the launch of “NITI Lectures: Transforming India”.

Through the lectures, NITI Aayog aims to bring policy makers, academics, experts and administrators of global repute to India, for the benefit of policy makers in States and the Centre. This is aimed at learning from global experience in development and good governance.

The Transforming India Lecture Series is being inaugurated on August 26th, 2016 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The first key note address – India and the Global Economy – is being delivered by the Hon’ble Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Shri Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

NITI Aayog has created the India Knowledge Hub (IKH), a dynamic web portal, functioning as a repository to store and disseminate best practices from across the country.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister places emphasis that states should not only learn from each other but capitalize on their strengths. Reflecting the spirit of cooperative federalism, the NITI Aayog launched the India Knowledge Hub so that districts, States, Central ministries and other government institutions can exchange knowledge on real-time basis and replicate practices that have worked in other areas.

The portal serves as a dynamic sharing platform in which the key functionaries can directly upload best practices for replication in other regions. While, mostly the best practices are directly uploaded by the district collectors from any State/UT, Departments of State governments and Central Ministry can also upload the best practices in the portal. In its first phase, the portal is also being extended to certain non-government institutions which have requested access to upload best practices.

Presently, there are over 400 best practices that are catalogued in 20 thematic areas, covering Digital India, e-governance, law and order and security, financial inclusion, health, nutrition, education, Public Private Partnership ( PPP) among others. The best practices are examples of the innovative practices adopted in districts. It also provides a platform for valuable feedback and is visible to the public.

Niti Aayaog is not a constitutional body and was created by a Cabinet Resolution. It is a Branch of Indian Government.


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