Published On: Fri, Jun 19th, 2020

Former RBI Guv Urjit Patel named NIPFP chairman

New Delhi: Former Reserve Bank governor Urjit Patel will take charge as chairman of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) from June 22, the economic think tank said on Friday.

Former RBI Governor Urjit Patel

Patel will replace Vijay Kelkar, who assumed office on November 1, 2014.

“National Institute of Public Finance and Policy is privileged to have Dr Urjit Patel, former Reserve Bank Governor, as its Chairperson for a four-year term commencing June 22, 2020,” the economic think tank said in a statement.

Patel on December 10, 2018, had unexpectedly resigned four days ahead of a crucial meeting of the board of the central bank that could have discussed issues of simmering differences with the government.

Patel’s three-year term was to end in September 2019 and he was eligible for a second term like most of his successors barring a few like his outspoken predecessor Raghuram Rajan.

“NIPFP records its deep sense of appreciation and gratitude for the significant contributions made by the outgoing Chairman, Dr Vijay Laxman Kelkar during his tenure which has immensely helped the institute towards scaling to its present level of growth and effectiveness,” it added.

PTI

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