To attract talent, the government think-tank NITI Aayog has proposed paying over 30 per cent more than the pay scale offered by the erstwhile Planning Commission to young professionals on its payrolls.

NITI Aayog has replaced the decades-old Planning Commission and is being seen as one of the most ambitious projects of the Centre to overhaul governance and policymaking practices in the country.

Inviting applications from ‘young professionals’, NITI Aayog has now offered salaries in the range of ₹40,000-70,000 per month, along with an annual increment of ₹5,000 in the monthly pay.

This is more than 30 per cent higher than the pay package of ₹31,500-51,500 offered by the erstwhile Planning Commission for such young professionals.

Besides, NITI Aayog has also brought down the age limit for such positions to 32 years, from 40 years prescribed earlier by the Planning Commission.

NITI Aayog has started the recruitment process with hiring of 20 young professionals.