New Delhi: The Government on Friday appointed Parameswaran Iyer as CEO of NIITI Ayog, the top planning body of the country.He is credited with building thousands of toilets as part of Swachch Bharat Mission.
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Parameswaran Iyer as the new Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog for a period of two years after the tenure of incumbent Amitabh Kant concludes on June 30,” a government notifcation said.
Iyer, who is 1959 born, had joined the Civil Services in 1981 in Uttar Pradesh cadre. He had held various prominent posts and led the World Bank-assisted Uttar Pradesh Rural Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Project, popular as Swajal. He also served two stints at the World Bank as water and sanitation expert. In 2016, he was appointed as Secretary to Government of India for Drinking Water and Sanitation, and led the Open Defecation Free India movement.
Iyer, whose father was a Air Force officer, was born in Srinagar and studied at St. Stephen’s College.
—-INDIA NEWS STREAM