Kolkata: Former Finance Minister of West Bengal and former member of the Rajya Sabha, Ashok Mitra died in a nursing home here on Tuesday at the age of 90.
Mitra, 90, died on Tuesday morning at a private nursinghome where he was admitted from last one month following old age complications.
Ashok Mitra is a former Chairman of the Agricultural Prices Commission and Chief Economic Advisor of the Government of India. He was the first Finance Minister of the Left Front Government in West Bengal in 1977, and a former member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
From the volatile cold war years to holding key positions in the central government as chairman, Agricultural Prices Commission, and then chief economic advisor, Mitra was in a position to assess the Indian economy, important members of the power elite.
After completing his graduation from the University of Dacca, he came to India following the partition of India in 1947. Although he attended postgraduate classes in economics at the University of Calcutta, he was refused admission there. He moved to Benaras Hindu University where he earned an M.A. in economics.
He joined the newly established Delhi School of Economics in the early 1950s. Later, he attended the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. Under the guidance of Professor Jan Tinbergen of the University of Rotterdam, he was awarded a doctorate in economics there in 1953.