Haseeb Drabu, the erstwhile Finance Minister of J&K who has been sacked by his party over his controversial remarks on Kashmir in an event in New Delhi has several accomplishments to his credit.
Drabu is an M.Phil in Economics from Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananathpuram. Drabu started his career with the Government of India in 1990, first with the Perspective Planning Division of the Planning Commission of India and then as a consultant to the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister and finally with the Tenth Finance Commission. He then joined the media and became an editor at Business Standard, where he set up a research bureau. Subsequently, he served as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank.
In January 2003, PDP-led coalition state government (in alliance with the Congress) appointed Drabu as its economic advisor. He planned tax reforms, methods of expenditure compression and attempted to reduce the debt stock of the state government. He was also appointed as chairman and CEO by the PDP-Congress govt in 2005. Drabu was forced to resign from his position in J&K Bank when PDP was defeated in 2008 state elections by the new NC chief minister Omar Abdullah.
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