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Shocker: RBI Governor Urjit Patel Resigns:- The Reserve Bank of India's Governor Urjit Patel submitted his resignation last evening citing personal reasons. With increasing tensions between the Finance Ministry and RBI, Urjit Patel submitted his resignation. The 55-year-old Urjit Patel is the 24th Governor of Central Bank and he took charge on September 5th 2016. BJP Government picked him after his predecessor Raghuram Rajan was denied a second-term.
There has been speculation of his resignation after deputy governor Viral Acharya's speech last month that sought to defend the autonomy of the RBI and the subsequent differences between the government and the RBI over various issues related to liquidity, credit flow and the controls governing weak banks. There have been several speculations making rounds about his resignation and the next board meeting of RBI has been scheduled to December 14th. Here is the official statement of Urjit Patel:
"On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately. It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years. The support and hard work of RBI staff, officers and management has been the proximate driver of the Bank’s considerable accomplishments in recent years. I take this opportunity to express gratitude to my colleagues and Directors of the RBI Central Board, and wish them all the best for the future".