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Watch | FM Ignored Huge Concerns Like Jobs, Private Sector Investment, Consumption: Pronab Sen

Sen told Karan Thapar that the finance minister's speech was definitely not the whole truth of the economy and not as transparent as it could have been.

In an interview to discuss Nirmala Sitharaman’s interim budget, professor Pronab Sen said the finance minister is only half right when she claims the economy is doing well. This is not true of rural India where wages have fallen in real terms.

Sen, who is presently country director for the International Growth Centre and chairman of the Standing Committee on Statistics, said in a 45-minute interview to Karan Thapar for The Wire that major problems facing the economy, such as unemployment and jobs, private sector investment and poor levels of demand and consumption, were deliberately ignored by the finance minister in her speech.

Sen, who was earlier India’s chief statistician, added that the finance minister’s speech was definitely not the whole truth of the economy and not as transparent as it could have been.