Government has full confidence in Arvind Subramanian: Jaitley

NEW DELHI: In responce to BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s attack on Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the government has full confidence in the top official and his advice has been of great value.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian engrossed in conversation. File photo

Mr. Jaitley said politicians should be disciplined in making attacks on officials whose offices constrain them from responding.

Mr. Jaitley denied the suggestion that the government and the BJP did not defend RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan in the face of Dr. Swamy’s attacks.

The BJP and the government did not concur with Dr. Swamy on his comments about Mr. Rajan, the Minister said.

Meanwhile, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad defended Mr. Jaitley, saying the latter’s integrity and transparency were impeccable.

Mr. Prasad was responding to a query whether Dr. Swamy was making shadow attacks on Mr. Jaitley.

(With inputs from PTI)