PM condoles Dhar’s death

July 20th, 2012 - 1:01 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday condoled the death of economist P.N. Dhar, calling him “a public servant of the highest pedigree who embodied the finest values and principles of public service.”

In a message Thursday evening, the prime minister said he was “deeply grieved” to hear of the sad passing away of Dhar, one of India’s most distinguished public servants.

“Dhar was a well-known economist in his own right and was one of the founders of the Delhi School of Economics,” the PM said.

“He was a close adviser of (former prime minister) Indira Gandhi and served as her principal secretary in the 1970s during a difficult period of our history,” he said, recognising his role in the 1972 Simla Agreement with Pakistan soon after India won a massive war victory in late 1971.

Noting that he had “a long personal association” with Dhar, the prime minister, himself a renowned economist, said he gained immensely from the interactions and insights on policy making and governance.

“I will remember him as a public servant of the highest pedigree who embodied the finest values and principles of public service,” Manmohan Singh said.

“I deeply mourn the sad demise of Dhar and convey my deepest condolences to his family and well wishers and admirers,” he added.

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