Government has full faith in Arvind Subramanian: Jaitley

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New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The government has full confidence in its Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday.

“The government has full confidence in Arvind Subramanian,” Jaitley told the media, hours after BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy asked the government to sack the Chief Economic Adviser.

Earlier in a series of tweets, Swamy wrote: “Who said to US Cong on 13/3/13 the US should act against India to defend US pharmaceutical interests? Arvind Subramanian MoF (Ministry of Finance)!! Sack him!”

However, Jaitley countered that demand.

“Arvind Subramanian’s advice to the government from time to time has been of great value. In fact, the presentation made on textile and garment sector is also prepared in active consultation with him,” Jaitley said referring to a presentation made by Textile Secretary Rashmi Verma.

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The finance minister also made it clear that neither the Bharatiya Janata party nor the government shared Swamy’s views.

“The party has said it doesn’t share Swamy’s view. I will also add one more fact from the point of view of discipline of Indian politicians… to what extent should we attack those, the discipline and constraint of whose offices prevent them from responding and this has happened more than once,” he said.



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