Urjit Patel has been appointed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor after the sudden exist of Raghuram Rajan.
“The appointment has been made based on the recommendation of the Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee (FSRASC), headed by the Cabinet Secretary. The Committee undertook an extensive exercise to suggest a panel of names to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC),” a statement from the ACC said.
Patel, who holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University, is known as an expert on inflation and has also been with the IMF.
He was serving as Deputy Governor of the central bank for more than three years. A panel under his chairmanship had proposed inflation-targeting and the setting up of a monetary policy committee.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday held an hour-long discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the appointment of a new RBI Governor.