New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday roped in Nobel Laureate and economist Abhijit Banerjee as a member of the newly formed Global Advisory Board created to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. Also Read - ICC Should Wait For a Suitable Time For Organising T20 World Cup: Wasim Akram

Nobel Economics Prize Winner for 2019, Banerjee will be a part of the expert committee and would advise on the state’s economic growth that has witnessed a drastic fall due to the recent lockdown. Also Read - Unlock 1: Over 9,800 Cases Recorded in Last 24 Hours; Religious Institutions Prepare For Staggered Opening

“Due to lockdown, there’s no revenue. We don’t know how long we’ve to stay like this. We’ve to plan for future. Our government will form a Global Advisory Committee for Covid-19 response policy in state. Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee will be a part of the committee,” CM Mamata Banerjee said in a press briefing at the state Secretariat Nabanna earlier today. Also Read - Once Team Management Decides Something, I Don't Think There Should be a Place For Contrarian View: Wriddhiman Saha

Notably, Abhijit Banerjee, along with Esther Duflo, was awarded the Nobel Prize “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty” in October last year.

West Bengal presently has 61 active Covid-19 patients. The death toll in the state stood at two, while at least 13 persons have recovered.