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CEA Subramanian an 'outsider-insider' giving valued advice: Arun Jaitley

The CEA always retains his freedom and independence

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Arun Jaitley, CEA
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian

(CEA) by virtue of his background is an "outsider" to the whose independent advice on the economic realities is of great value to the government, Union Minister said on Sunday.

"The is an outsider, who becomes an insider in the But he always retains his freedom and independence," Jaitley said at the IIT - Delhi launch of an online course in economics for the Human Resource Development Ministry's learning portal, which has been designed by Subramnian.

"Rather than parroting thinking, his job is to advise the on how it actually is in reality, as also prepare blueprints for the future accordingly," the Minister said.

Before his appointment to the post of CEA, Subramanian was academic as Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in the US, where he has also worked in the International Monetary Fund.

Subramanian had discharged the CEA's traditional role of authoring the differently, Jaitley said, citing the CEA's proposal for a (UBI) scheme for people below the poverty line to replace the various subsidies.

Speaking of his own situation here as one who is now in government, Subramanian last month said he saw himself in the category of persons called "insider-outsider", who are governed by an "unwritten rule".

"The unwritten rule is that inside you try to influence the debate as much as possible, while outside you defend the official policy," he said.

This rule allows the insider-outsider that "extra space", he said.

"The insider-outsider can be more truthful internally, as also on the outside, which space is not available to the babu-bureaucrat," he said.

"This space has to be acquired and it is a very fragile commodity," he added.

First Published: Sun, June 11 2017. 15:39 IST