Gita Gopinath breaks silence, says will work ‘remotely’ for Kerala

By: | Published: July 27, 2016 5:50 AM

Amidst the controversy over her appointment as economic advisor to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Harvard University professor Gita Gopinath has broken her silence.

Amidst the controversy over her appointment as economic advisor to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Harvard University professor Gita Gopinath has broken her silence. She will contribute to the state’s development from her remote location in Harvard, without remuneration, she has clarified.

In an email statement released through the Kerala chief minister’s office, Gita Gopinath has made two points. First, she will respond to any requests from the chief minister for advice on the impact on Kerala’s economy of global, national and state events and policies.

“Given my location, I anticipate that most of this will be done remotely, rather than in person,” she said. “I will continue as a full-time professor at Harvard University and carry on my commitments including research and teaching.”

Second, the key part of her mandate will be “to play a convening role to connect various state departments to knowledge leaders from around the world in sectors relevant to Kerala like public finance, management, entrepreneurship, labour and development
economics”.

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