Kerala women’s panel chief ‘forced’ to quit

Wednesday 30th June 2021 07:46 EDT

A day after her rude remark to a domestic violence complainant kicked up a row, Kerala women’s commission chairperson M C Josephine resigned from her post. The CPM state secretariat, which met here, reportedly sought her resignation. Though she tendered an apology for her “spontaneous remark”, CPM central committee member Josephine was reportedly isolated at the secretariat meeting, with most leaders criticising her abrasive manners. Josephine resigned from her post soon after the meeting. She had a tenure of eight more months. Sources said the leaders who addressed the secretariat meeting said Josephine’s behaviour was not befitting the post of women’s commission chairperson.

Raghuram Rajan, Esther Duflo in TN economic council

Tamil Nadu last week constituted a five-member economic advisory council to the Chief Minister MK Stalin - which includes Nobel Prize-winning economist Esther Duflo and former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan - to guide the CM in managing the state's economic and social policies. Other members are Arvind Subramanian, former Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India; Jean Dreze, welfare economist and social scientist; and S Narayan, former Union Finance Secretary and former Economic Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The fiscal situation of Tamil Nadu is precarious with persistent high revenue and fiscal deficits, and a large overhang of debt. At the same time, expectations of people are very high... that the government will deliver on faster economic growth, social justice and equality...," the state said in its notification.

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