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NITI or ADB: What next for Srivastava?

By Rakesh Ranjan- 06 Oct 2020


Post-retirement assignments are not easy to get in the current regime. They are indeed rare and limited to a handful of cases. Take the case of 1985 batch IAS officer who on 9 Sept completed his third extended tenure as Principal adviser with NITI Aayog. Reportedly, the proposal for granting him another extension was initiated but it was stuck in the office of the Financial Adviser who could not endorse it despite his willingness.

However, it is learned that efforts for granting Srivastava another extension have not ended yet.

Even if he exits the doors of NITI, it is said his association with NITI, in all likelihood, may continue via the ADB route. 

That's because the UN-Energy funding for e-mobility routed through Asian Development Bank appears to have opened up opportunities for some officers, which may benefit Srivastava. So even though he may cease to be on the payroll of Govt of India, he may still be associated with it in a different capacity.

It may further be underlined that NITI Aayog is supposed to participate in ADB and UNEP-led GEF projects which are mandated to promote the faster transformation to E-vehicles in India.

Top sources say NITI Aayog had nominated Anil Srivastava (Retd IAS:1985:MP) for leading the implementation of the GEF project. Apparently, ADB has given its consent. His engagement would be subject to a formal agreement with ADB which is yet to be signed.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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