Ashok Lahiri Ideas for India

Ashok Lahiri
Bandhan Bank
Dr. Ashok K. Lahiri is Chairman, Bandhan Bank, one of the two banks that received a license from the Reserve Bank of India in 2014. Bandhan, which was the largest microfinance institutions in the country before transforming itself into a bank, among other things, intends to extend full banking services to its large clientele of low income women. 

Dr. Lahiri is also advising the government by his participation in various committees.

Ashok Lahiri retired as Executive Director, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila on 30 June 2013. Between October 2002 and June 2007, he was Chief Economic Adviser of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Prior to that, between February 1998 and October 2002, he was the Director of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). He has also worked as Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.; Consultant, World Bank, Washington, D.C.; and Reader, De­partment of Economics, University of Delhi.

Ashok Lahiri is an economist with active interest in election analysis. He has published in academic journals as well as popular media on both economic and electoral politics issues.

Articles By Ashok Lahiri
West Bengal from an external perspective
Posted On: 04 Jan 2016

Topics:   Economic Growth
Tags:   West Bengal

The once prosperous, industrialised state of West Bengal is now lagging behind all-India average figures in both economic and social indicators. In this article, Ashok Lahiri, former Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India, contends that the state will have to work hard on multiple fronts in order to overcome the slowdown, which can partly be attributed to the almost uninterrupted Communist regime between the late 1960s and 2011.
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