Punjab govt quietly establishes development commission MODELLED after NITI Aayog


The Punjab government has recently formed the Punjab Development Commission, drawing inspiration from the structure of NITI Aayog. While the appointment of the chairman and members is pending, the government has already designated a vice chairperson. The commission aims to swiftly implement government flagship programs, conduct research, and provide valuable insights to relevant departments for effective reforms.
Recent formation and approval
The establishment of the Punjab Development Commission has been relatively low-key, with the government opting for approval within the cabinet rather than publicizing it extensively. Similar to NITI Aayog’s role at the central level, this commission will assist departments in executing policies through research-based approaches. Seema Bansal, previously holding senior positions at Boston Consultancy Group, has been appointed as the vice chairperson, and she has shared this development on her social media platforms.
Execution of tasks
With the Aam Aadmi Party making substantial promises before the elections, particularly emphasizing reforms across various departments, the commission will play a pivotal role in strategizing and implementing these initiatives. Key areas of focus include the Mohalla Clinic, School of Eminence, Agriculture Policy, among others. Additionally, the commission will provide recommendations on revenue enhancement and measures to curb tax evasion.
Coordination and composition
The commission, comprising six members, will include the chairman, chairperson, and four additional members, all expected to be prominent technocrats in their respective domains. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is set to appoint a chairman shortly. Currently, the government is in the process of finalizing its inaugural agriculture policy, with an 11-member committee having submitted its report. This report is anticipated to be made public soon, and the Development Commission will play a crucial role in translating the policy recommendations into actionable initiatives, fostering coordination with various departments.