Had fantastic tenure; results to be visible in 5-6 yrs: Rajan

9 Aug, 2016 17:48 IST|Sakshi
Rajan walked into Mint Street on 18 September 2013 and his term expires on 17 September 2016. But, slated to demit office on September 4.

Mumbai: Terming his three-year tenure as fantastic, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday said he has made useful contributions and the results will be visible in the next 5-6 years.

While saying that judgments by critics don’t matter as he enjoyed every bit of his job as RBI Governor partly because there was some movement forward. Rajan walked into Mint Street on 18 September 2013 and ending his term on 17 September 2016. On his future plans, Rajan said he is yet to decide on that.

“I will just go back to my previous employment structure where I used to work at the University of Chicago, but also have a considerable involvement in different Indian courses. Earlier for example, I was involved with Indian School of Business. Let see going forward what I do but I haven’t made plans yet.”

Making light of his critics, he also said there were people who send him ‘anonymous thank you notes’ even when he is on a plane. “Snap judgments either by critics or supporters don’t really matter. What matters is how these (measures) play out in the longer run for stronger and sustainable growth for the country, for job creation, movement into middle income (country),” he said.

Rajan has presented his last bi-monthly monetary policy review as RBI Governor. “That is something you can see only with the benefits of 5-6 years of experience and to know whether it was appropriate. In our view, the measures that we have taken in the RBI were and are justified given the condition that we have,” he said.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has been criticizing Rajan for keeping interest rate high initially to the detriment of the Indian economy, especially the MSME sector.

Slated to demit office on completion of his 3-year tenure on September 4, Rajan said: “People can have different judgments, but we have to see proof of the pudding is in the eating. Lets see how it plays out over 5-6 years, then we will reach a judgment whether this is good or bad.”

When asked about his response to the critics, he said: “I have nothing to say critics are there all the time. There are also people who send me message in the plane anonymous notes saying, ‘thank you for what you are doing’. That’s part of the job. We have to take as cost and benefits.”

The most important thing is, at the end of day, do you feel you made useful contribution and some people are better off as a result of that. I think, from that perspective, this has been a fantastic job.

“You leave the office saying we did something and there are very few places where you can have that sense of satisfaction. I think, this has been a fantastic experience and I hope that there are some value added,” he said.

Expressing displeasure over media chasing his family member, he said they should had restrained and stayed away.

Source: PTI

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