No reasons were given for Roy and Ravi’s ouster. Earlier this year Roy, who is the director of NIPFP and a Business Standard columnist, has spoken on a ‘silent fiscal crisis’ pointing out to the stark difference between the 2018-19 revised tax revenue estimates and provisional actuals.
He has also criticized the centre’s plan to issue overseas sovereign bonds and advised caution on the same.
Ravi has also warned about the state of the economy, saying the country was facing a structural slowdown. She has said on Twitter last month that dealing with the slowdown needed major reforms and not mere tinkering. “Leaving economy to the finance ministry is like leaving the growth of a firm to its accounts department,” she had said.
The EAC-PM was revived in September 2017 with a term of two years. It replaced the erstwhile PMEAC which was headed by former Reserve Bank of India governor C Rangarajan during the terms of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
The council was tasked with analyzing any issue, economic or otherwise, referred to it by the PM, according to its terms of reference. The body could also take up the issues suo motu.
It has submitted around three-four papers to the Prime Minister’s office, on issues like employment, fiscal situation, economic growth, manufacturing and infrastructure. None of its work has been made public.
Its latest work, still ongoing, is a taskforce on employment, it has submitted a brief to the PMO on what to do to alleviate growth slowdown, and hence create jobs. A more detailed report is expected to be submitted on the same,