Days after he said that social divisions affect the trajectory of development, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian today declined to answer a question on the beef ban controversy saying he did not want “to lose my job”.

“You know that if I answer this question I will lose my job. But thank you nevertheless for asking the question,” he said while interacting with students of economics at the Mumbai University here today.

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He was asked if the beef ban would have any adverse impact on farmers’ incomes or on the rural economy. His reply was met with a round of applause.

Last week, delivering a lecture in Bengaluru, he had said that how a country deals with its social divisions plays a major role in the trajectory of its economic development.