Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended his greetings to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his 83rd birthday.
“Warm birthday wishes to Dr. Manmohan Singh ji. May God bless him with a long and healthy life,” Modi said in a tweet.
PM Modi also had a conversation with Singh, during which he extended birthday greetings to him personally, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
“PM @narendramodi spoke to Dr. Manmohan Singh ji and extended birthday greetings to him,” the PMO said in a tweet.
Manmohan Singh is an Indian economist and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014.
The first Sikh in office, Singh was also the first Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term.
He was born in Gah (now in Punjab, Pakistan). Later his family migrated to India during Partition in 1947.
Manmohan Singh studied in Hindu College in Amritsar. He then did his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Panjab University.
After obtaining his doctorate in economics from Oxford University, Singh worked for the United Nations during 1966–69.
He subsequently began his bureaucratic career when Lalit Narayan Mishra hired him as an advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Trade.
Over the 70s and 80s, Singh held several key posts in the Government of India, such as Chief Economic Advisor (1972–76), Reserve Bank governor (1982–85) and Planning Commission head (1985–87).
In 1972, Manmohan Singh became the Chief Advisor in the Ministry of Finance and in 1976, he became a Secretary in Finance Ministry.
Singh was the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India from 1985 to 1987. In 1991, he was appointed as the Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Later, in June 1991, Singh was appointed as the Finance Minister in the Cabinet of PV Narasimha Rao.
(With Agencies Inputs)