Seeing the controversial issues creating social divisions which are in turn hurting development ,Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian on Tuesday refused to comment on beef ban saying he did not want “to lose his job”.
“You know that if I answer this question I will lose my job. But thank you nevertheless for asking the question,” he said while interacting with students of the Mumbai University.
Subramanian recently criticised the ruling government for the social tension prevailing in the country and spoke about the adverse impact of social tensions on development.
When asked if the beef ban will have any adverse impact on the farmers’ incomes or the rural economy,Subramanian’s reply was “I don’t want to lose his job” ,to which everybody applause.
“The way you react to social cleavages has a critical impact on economic development. India is a wonderful example. What have reservations done, what have they not done, what has religion done, what has it not done, illustrate the general principle that these things have a huge impact,” he had said during Bengaluru lecture.
Beef ban became a national issue after a 50-year-old man, Mohammad Akhlaq, was beaten to death and his 22-year-old son severely injured in UP’s Dadri in 2015, allegedly by residents of Bisara village, after rumours spread in the area about the family storing and consuming beef, police said.