17 February 2016 – 30 June 2022
|Preceded by||Sindhushree Khullar|
|Succeeded by||Parameswaran Iyer|
|Born||1 March 1956|
|Alma mater||University of Delhi|
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Amitabh Kant (born 1 March 1956) was the second chief executive officer of NITI Aayog, a public policy think tank of the Government of India. He is a 1980 batch retired IAS officer of Kerala cadre.
Amitabh Kant was born on 1 March 1956. He first studied at Modern School, Delhi, graduated with a degree in Economics (Hons.) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and earned an M.A. in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was a Chevening Scholar.
He began his IAS career working as sub collector of Thalassery. India Today's High & Mighty rankings of 2019 featured Kant as one of the most powerful people in India under the category of "The Supercrats - India's Top Bureaucrats" along with other bureaucrats such as Nripendra Misra and Ajit Doval.
In December 2020, Kant attracted controversy after remarking at a public event, organized by Swarajya magazine, that enacting "tough reforms" were hard in India, since it is "too much of a democracy".
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- "Did you know these 6 top office holders in India went to the same college?". India Today. 17 December 2018.
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- "The most powerful people of India 2019 - Full list". India Today. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
- "'Tough Reforms Difficult in India, We Are Too Much of a Democracy,' Says Niti Aayog CEO". The Wire. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
- "Why Niti Aayog CEO's statement is a warning to the people". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
- "Niti Aayog's Kant denies saying India is 'too much of a democracy', Twitter users share event clip". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
- "Hindustan Times withdraws report on Niti Aayog CEO's 'too much democracy' comment". Newslaundry. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
- Media related to Amitabh Kant at Wikimedia Commons