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Centre likely to appoint new CEA in next couple of months

Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India before the Pre-Budget meeting with the State Finance Ministers, in New Delhi on Thursday. Express photo by Renuka Puri.18th Jna 2018.

New Delhi :The government is likely to appoint a new chief economic advisor (CEA) in the next one or two months, sources said. A search committee appointed by the finance ministry is expected to finalise the list of suitable candidates soon and appointment is likely in 1-2 months, they said further.

The government on June 30 invited applications for the appointment of CEA on deputation basis after Arvind Subramanian quit the office ahead of completion of his term.

The finance ministry has appointed a search committee headed by former Reserve Bank of India governor Bimal Jalan to shortlist candidates for the post. Economic affairs secretary Subhash C Garg and B P Sharma, secretary, department of personnel training are also members of the selection panel.


Subramanian was appointed as CEA on October 16, 2014, for a 3-year term and was given an extension last year. His official contract was till May 2019.

Subramanian is currently a visiting lecturer of public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.