Chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian quits


New Delhi, Jun 20: Chief economic advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian has decided to quit from his post “on account of pressing family commitments”, Union minister Arun Jaitley said in a blog post titled “Thank You Arvind”. Subramanian will return to the United States (US), Jaitley added.
Subramanian had joined the government as the economic advisor on October 16, 2014 for a period of three years. In 2017, his term was extended for a year.
Jaitley further said that “on the expiry of the three year I (Jaitley) had requested him to continue for some more time. Even at that stage he told me that he was torn between family commitment and his current job which he considered the best and most fulfilling he has ever done.”
In his post, Jaitley credited him for conceptualising “JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhar, Mobile) as a data base for availing public benefits.” He said that Subramanian’s interaction with the government, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and with other Departments was both formal and informal and his instantaneous communications with interlocutors had increased his effectiveness.
In reaction to Jaitley’s post, Subramanian took to Twitter and thanked him. He tweeted: “Profoundly grateful and humbled by these extraordinarily generous words by Minister Arun Jaitley announcing my decision to return-for personal reasons-to researching and writing. CEA job most rewarding, fulfilling, exciting I have ever had.”