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The Columbia University professor will take over as the Vice-Chairman of the newly form body, which will come under the PMO
Laying to rest and confirming all speculation, the Prime Minister's Office announced today the people who will be a part of the newly formed think thank and Planning Commission successor, NITI Aayog.
The body will be headed by the Prime Minister as its Chairman and will have Arvind Panagariya as its Vice Chairman.
Following is the list of all appointees as per the PMO statement:
Vice Chairman - Arvind Panagariya, Economist
• Bibek Debroy, Economist
• Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Former Secretary Defence R&D
• Rajnath Singh, Union Minister
• Arun Jaitley, Union Minister
• Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister
• Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister
• Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister
• Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister
• Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister
Saina Nehwal's name has been included in the list of people to be given Padma Bhushan. The announcement from the MHA will be on this year's Republic Day
In a statement by the Department of Sports of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Ministry said that it had decided to recommend Saina Nehwal's name for Padma Bhushan.
The Ministry said that even though the deadline for recommendations to be sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs had long passed, Nehwal's name would be forwarded for the award as a special case.
The Ministry also made clarifications regarding the controversy raked up after Nehwal's public outburst complaining about her name not being included in the sportsmen recommended for the award.
“I heard that Sushil Kumar's name was sent for Padma award as a special case, while my name was not sent to Ministry of home affairs by sports ministry. The ministry guidelines say that there needs to be a gap of five years between two Padma awards. So if they can send his name, why they didn't recommend my name as I have completed the five years gap. I felt bad about it,” Nehwal had said to PTI News a few days ago.
“It is also clarified that Ministry had not received any nomination in respect of Ms Saina Nehwal last year either. So the question of Department of Sports intimating Ms Saina Nehwal that her nomination for Padma Bhushan was not recommended to the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2013, as there has to be a gap of 5 years between two Padma Awards, does not arise,” the statement said.
As per the statement of the Ministry it was clear that the Badminton Association of India had failed to recommend Nehwal's name for the award.
In cases where a Padma award has been awarded to someone within the last 5 years they cannot be given another Padma award. This can be waived by the Home Ministry in special cases. In this regard, “The Ministry had not received nomination in respect of Ms Saina Nehwal from Badminton Association of India or any other agency, for Padma Bhushan for 2014,” the statement said.