Monday, October 25, 2010
Arjun Sengupta, Chairman, National Commission for Enterprises in Unorganised Sector releasing the “report on India’s working poor,”
The body of Arjun K. Sengupta, a developmental economist of repute and Rajya Sabha member from West Bengal, was cremated at the Lodhi Crematorium here on Sep27,10. He was 73.
After teaching stints at the London School of Economics and the Delhi School of Economics, Dr. Sengupta served as Special Secretary (Economic Advisor) to Prime Minister India Gandhi (1981-84), as Executive Director and Special Advisor to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (1985-90), as India's Ambassador to the European Union (1990-93). He was a Member and Member-Secretary of the Planning Commission (with Minister of State rank) from 1993 to 1998. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in August 2005.
As Chairman of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector in 2004, Dr. Sengupta's most important contribution was the initiation of the government's ongoing struggle for more inclusive development and welfare of the downtrodden and the marginalised.