Parameswaran Iyer, the new CEO of NITI Aayog, works in a non-government manner in the government system
The general public may not know Parameswaran Iyer, the new CEO of NITI Aayog, by the name, but his work is discussed in village-village. In the first term of the Modi government, as Secretary in the Ministry of Jal Shakti (Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation), he gave impetus to the Swachh Bharat Mission and completed the campaign in a record time of four years. This scheme not only proved to be a 'mile stone' for the Modi government, but Parameswaran himself also got the credit for it. During the campaign, he once cleaned a pit that was used for defecation. At that time, PM Modi had praised his dedication toward work in Mann Ki Baat. After a gap of almost two years, now once again he is returning with a resolve to reach the target of the new campaigns of the Modi government.
Parameswaran Iyer was born on 16 April 1959 in Srinagar. His father was an officer in the Air Force. He did his schooling at the prestigious Doon School in Dehradun, while he completed his higher education at St. Stephen's College, Delhi.
resigned from the job twice
Parameswaran, a 1981 batch IAS of UP cadre, did not have a career like that of ordinary government officers. In the year 2009, he said goodbye to this government system after a career of 17 years. In the year 2016, he was again inducted as Secretary into the Ministry of Jal Shakti (Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation). He once again resigned from his post in the year 2020 after the goal of the Swachh Bharat Mission was completed. Now he is again joining this government machinery as the CEO of NITI Aayog.
'You are the one who fled from the IAS'
Recalling his first meeting with PM Modi during the release of the book 'Method of Madness', Iyer had told that - PM jokingly asked me that you are the one who left the IAS and ran away. In this book, he has written about the four-year tenure of the Swachh Bharat Mission. During this mission, Iyer used to report directly to PM Modi.
Worked with the United Nations and also associated with the World Bank
After resigning in the year 2020, 63-year-old Iyer joined the World Bank and went to America. Prior to this, from 1998 to 2006, he worked as a Drinking Water and Sanitation Specialist in the United Nations. The work he did in the field of education during the tenure of Mayawati Sarkar in UP is remembered even today.
unofficial way of working
Iyer became very popular among his colleagues due to his non-official style of working. In an interview, he had told that he used to reach the office at 8.30 am every day. Initially, all the employees were taken by surprise, but later everyone got into the same working style with them. On the very first day of his work, he had the IAS written in front of his name removed. When the Modi government entrusted him with the responsibility of the Swachh Bharat Mission, he wrote the figures in three lines on a board. Actually, hidden in these figures is their mission. The first line figure was how many days they had to finish this mission. In the second line, it is written how many days are left and the third line is how many villages have been declared ODF.