Kumar was in the same post during the previous Modi government. He was appointed in 2017 when then vice-chairman of the Aayog Arvind Panagariya quit to resume his academic job.
Sources said the term of EAC-PM was coterminus with the term of the Prime Minister, so it stands dissolved and would be re-constituted. Most likely, Debroy would be appointed its head again, the sources said.
The government’s release does not contain the name Amitabh Kant
as CEO of the Aayog. However, sources said, Kant’s term has still not ended and hence, he is still its CEO.
Kant's tenure was earlier extended by a year till June 30 this year.
Three members of Niti — V K Saraswat, Ramesh Chand
and V K Paul — have also been retained.
Besides Shah, three Cabinet ministers — Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar were appointed ex-officio members of the Aayog, which had replaced the Planning Commission in January, 2015.
There are now four special invitees — Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, Railways and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, and minister of state (independent charge), MoSPI Rao Inderjit Singh — are now special invitees.