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PM Modi meets Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee, says ‘India proud of his accomplishments’

Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee along with wife Esther Duflo won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize. Photograph:( Reuters )

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 22, 2019, 01.27 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nobel Prize 2019 winner Abhijit Banerjee here on Tuesday and said that the latter's passion towards human empowerment is visible and the country is proud of his achievements.

Terming his meeting as excellent, Modi said that he had a healthy and extensive interaction with Banerjee on various subjects.

"Excellent meeting with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee. His passion for human empowerment is visible. We had a healthy and extensive interaction on various subjects. India is proud of his accomplishments. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours," the Prime Minister tweeted alongside a photo of the meeting.

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Banerjee, an Indian-origin economist and an academic professor, was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences along with his French-American wife Esther Duflo and American economist Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty."

The 58-year-old Kolkata-born economist is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee was awarded the Nobel jointly with his wife Esther Duflo and another economist Michael Kremer for "experimental approach to alleviating global poverty".