B. N. Adarkar

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Bhaskar Namdeo Adarkar MBE (18 May 1910[1]–20 March 1998[2]) was the ninth Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 4 May 1970 to 15 June 1970.[3] His term was the second-shortest (42 days) after Amitav Ghosh who had served for only 20 days. His term was short since he was filling in as interim before S. Jaganathan took over.[4]

Unlike his predecessors who were from the Indian Civil Service, Adarkar was an economist and had served in the office of the Economic Adviser of the Government of India. Prior to that he had held various important positions in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1946 New Year Honours.[5] He was the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank before filling in as interim Governor. In March 1947 before Indian independence he was appointed by the Government of India to create a health insurance scheme for industrial workers.[6] A year later the report he submitted became the basis for the Employment State Insurance (ESI) Act of 1948.[6]

During his tenure the Indian Rupee notes of denominations Indian Rupee symbol.svg 2, 5, 10, and 100, commemorating the birth centenary of Mahatma Gandhi was reissued on 24 August 1970, these notes bear his signature, the earlier issue bears the signature of L. K. Jha.[7] Due to his short interim term his signature does not appear on any other Indian rupee notes.

He also served as India's Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. Adarkar was involved in the establishment of the National Institute of Bank Management.


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  3. ^ "B N Adarkar". Reserve Bank of India. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  4. ^ "List of Governors". Reserve Bank of India. Archived from the original on 30 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-08. 
  5. ^ "No. 37407". The London Gazette. 28 December 1945. p. 59. 
  6. ^ a b Social Security and Social Obligation Sociology for Nurses : A Textbook for Nurses and Other Medical Practitioners By C M Abraham Retrieved 23 August 2013
  7. ^ Jain, Manik (2004). 2004 Phila India Paper Money Guide Book. Kolkata: Philatelia. pp. 19, 26, 35, and 61.