Abhijit Sen, noted rural economy expert, passes away

Abhijit Sen
Abhijit Sen

Economist Abhijit Sen, a former Planning Commission member and one of the country’s foremost experts on rural economy, died on Monday night. He was 72.

“He suffered a heart attack around 11 PM. We rushed him to the hospital, but it was all over by the time we got there,” said Dr Pronab Sen, his brother.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Abhijit Sen taught economics at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, and held several important government positions including the chair of the Commission of Agricultural Cost and Prices.

He was a member of Planning Commission from 2004 to 2014, when Manmohan Singh was the prime minister.

In 2010, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for public service.

Abhijit Sen is survived by his wife, Jayati Ghosh, also an economist, and daughter, Jahnavi Sen.

(With agency inputs)