Vijay Kelkar appointed chairman of finance ministry think-tank NIPFP

Vijay Laxman Kelkar, chairman of the Thirteenth Finance Commission, has been appointed chairperson of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), a finance ministry think-tank. He replaces former Reserve Bank governor C Rangarajan.

Kelkar's four-year term commenced on Saturday, according to an NIPFP release.

Kelkar was earlier advisor to the union finance minister from 2002 to 2004. He was also the union finance secretary in 1998-1999.

''NIPFP records its deep sense of appreciation and gratitude for the significant contributions made by the revered outgoing chairman Dr Rangarajan during his long stint (1998-2014), which have immensely helped the institute towards scaling to its present level of growth and effectiveness,'' the release said.

Vijay L Kelkar, 72, is also the chairman of the Forum of Federations, Ottawa and India Development Foundation, New Delhi and chairman of Janwani – a social initiative of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) in Pune.