Hamid Ansari presents 'best administrator in India' award to Chidambaram
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari presented the 'Best Administrator in India Award' instituted by K. Karunakaran Foundation to Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram at a function here today.
Addressing on the occasion, Ansari said: "As a Minister in the Union Government, Chidambaram has held the important portfolios like Finance, Home and Commerce. He has won admiration for his vision, articulation, diligence and determination. He has been widely hailed as a reformer who has not shied away from taking tough and unpopular decisions in public interest."
"We might recall Chidambaram's stint as Finance Minister in the late 1990s when he presented what was widely called a "dream budget" which gave a road map for economic reforms in India and lowered income and corporate tax rates," Ansari said.
"In the aftermath of the horrific Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, his tenure as Home Minister was marked by his dogged efforts at restructuring and modernizing our national security apparatus, which did provide a sense of security and calm to a traumatized and angry population," he added.
Ansari further said that even in Chidambaram's current tenure as Finance Minister, when the Indian economy is undergoing a difficult phase, the economic reforms that have been undertaken or are being initiated under his charge have been given a 'thumbs up' by the industry and economic experts.
"I congratulate Chidambaram on receiving this well deserved award and wish him the very best for his future endeavours in the service of our nation. I congratulate the K Karunakaran Foundation for this initiative and also thank them for having invited me for this function," he added.
Referring to late K. Karunakaran, Ansari said that Karunakaran was a popular leader who served the people of Kerala and the country in various capacities with distinction, in a public life spanning over half a century.
"His contribution towards socio-economic development of Kerala is well acknowledged and so is his adeptness in problem solving. He is also admired for his acumen for coalition building and unifying different viewpoints in the best interest of good governance of the state,' he added.