MeraNews Network, New Delhi: Prominent economist and columnist Surjit Bhalla on Tuesday informed that he has resigned from the prime minister’s economic advisory council (PM-EAC) on December 1. He announced this news on social media platform Twitter.
The PM-EAC is headed by Bibek Debroy from the NITI Ayog and Bhalla was a part-time member of the council alongside fellow economists Rathin Roy, Shamika Ravi, and Ashima Goyal. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) confirmed this news as the PMO spokesperson said that Bhalla had in his request stated that he would be joining some other organization and that his resignation was accepted. PM Modi had formed the EAC to address issues pertaining to macroeconomic importance.
In his Twitter post, Bhalla wrote, “I resigned as part-time member of pmeac on 1 December.” In another Twitter post, he wrote that he quit as he would be a consultant with CNN-IBN and to work on a book about Indian elections since 1952.
Bhalla, who holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, is a contributing editor to leading English daily Indian Express and a consultant with the Network18 Group. Bhalla’s resignation came a day after the resignation of Urjit Patel as the governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) with just 9 months remaining for his three-year term to finish.