Vijay Shankar Vyas, an agricultural economist who had worked
with two Prime Ministers as a member of their Economic Advisory Councils (EAC),
passed away after a brief illness at the age of 87.
Prof. Vyas was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006.
He was a member of the EAC during the tenures of former
Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.
He was also Deputy Chairman of the first Rajasthan State
Planning Board, apart from being Professor emeritus and former Director of the
Jaipur-based Institute of Development Studies.
He had also served as a Director of the Indian Institute of
Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.
Along with his family members, Prof. Vyas started the Ajit
Foundation in his native town, Bikaner, as an institution for the all-round
development of youth and revived local libraries.
Prof. Vyas was also associated with several social
movements, including the Right to Information movement, anti-displacement
struggles, the Right to Food campaign and the NREGA campaign, over three
decades of his stay in Rajasthan, after his return from a stint at the World
People’s Union for Civil Liberties president Kavita
Srivastava, who worked with Prof. Vyas during several campaigns.
He had continued with his academic work despite his illness
during the last few months.
He had declined medical intervention and chose to breathe
his last at home.
Prof. Vyas’s body was cremated at the Lal Kothi cremation