Former RBI Governor S Venkitaramanan passes away

Former RBI Governor S Venkitaramanan passes away

Chennai | Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India S Venkitaramanan passed away here on Saturday, due to brief illness, sources said.

He was 92.

Venkitaramanan was a member of the Indian Administrative Service and prior to taking up the role of RBI Governor, he had served as the Finance Secretary and later as an Adviser to the Government of Karnataka.

Venkitaramanan had served the RBI between December 1990 and December 1992.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh offered their condolences to the bereaved family members.

"I am saddened to learn about the demise of Venkitaramanan. He served as the 18th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and also as the Union Finance Secretary and has earned respect for his efficient service." Stalin said in an official release.

"I extend my deep condolences to his family, his daughter and former Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan," he added.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das hailed Venkitaramanan as an 'outstanding personality' and 'public servant' and recalled his immense contributions during the period of crisis.

"The country faced difficulties related to the external sector during his tenure. His adroit management saw the country tide over the balance of payments crisis," the apex bank said.

Venkitaramanan's term also saw India adopt the IMF's stabilisation programme where the Rupee underwent a devaluation and the launch of the programme of economic reforms, the RBI said in its website.

In a social media post, Das said, "Very sad to hear about the demise of Shri S Venkitaramanan, former Governor of the RBI. He was an outstanding personality and public servant. He made immense contributions during periods of crisis. May his soul rest in eternal peace."

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said, "one of India's most brilliant civil servants who left his mark, especially in the field of finance, has just passed away in Chennai at the age of 92. S Venkitaramanan was RBI Governor at a most crucial time of our economic history during 1990-92."

Apart from this, Venkitaramanan had made major contributions in industrial development and energy as well, Ramesh said in a social media post.

"He (Venkitaramanan) was a key aide of C Subramaniam who played a pivotal role in ushering in the Green Revolution in the mid-60s. I have many fond memories of our association that spanned almost three decades and from which I learned much," he added.

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