The standing committee on finance on planning process has questioned the authoritative role of NITI Aayog in coordinating between central ministries and has sought greater clarity from the government on the roles and responsibilities of the institution that was set up in 2015 in place of the Planning Commission.
“The committee reiterates that the mandate of the NITI needs greater clarity and emphasis on issues like inter-ministerial and departmental coordination and especially with regard to the centrally sponsored schemes. Co-ordination with state governments and departments is also necessary at the centralized level, which NITI can perform effectively,” the committee, chaired by M Veerappa Moily, said in its report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.
Calling the reply by the planning ministry on the role of NITI as “evasive” the committee has suggested that NITI should take into cognizance the coordinating role played by the erstwhile Planning Commission to hold the government machinery at central and state levels accountable towards timely delivery of various policy targets, yearly and quarterly appraisal of objectives achieved and the reasons for deficiencies, if any. “The committee may be apprised of the steps taken in this direction at the earliest,” the report added.
On the issue of coordination between central ministries and departments, the ministry of planning in their action taken reply had said, “The allocation of work to NITI as per Allocation of Business Rules 1961 notified on March 21, 2015 w.r.t NITI Aayog provides the necessary ambit ithin which the designated role can be performed.”