UP state planning commission getting restructured, to be renamed as state transformation commission

Yogi Adityanath

Replicating the restructuring and renaming of the Planning Commission as Niti Aayog, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the proposal for restructuring of the Uttar Pradesh State Planning Commission which will now be renamed as the State Transformation Commission.

The government body will act as a think tank for the ‘development and economic progress of the state with Chief Minister as its chairperson and ministers, officials, and intellectuals from different fields as members. It will also have a vice-chairperson and chief executive officer (CEO).

The term of members will be for three years, which can be extended for another two years under special circumstances.

Commenting on the development, Minister AK Sharma said, ‘The Cabinet has approved the restructuring of the Uttar Pradesh State Planning Commission which was formed in August 1972. While the CM will be its chairperson, the Deputy CMs along with ministers of agriculture, finance, social welfare, panchayati raj, industrial development, Jal Shakti, urban development and the minister of state for planning will be members.’

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Referring to the commission as the state government’s ‘think tank’, Sharma said, ‘It will act as a think tank for policy formation and to give a push to the state’s economy.