K.C.Pant passes away
India’s former defence minister and Planning Commission deputy chairman Krishna Chandra Pant (81) passed away.
- Pant was India’s defence minister between 1987 and 1989, when the Congress party was in power under then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Pant was Defence Minister in Rajiv Gandhi’s Cabinet when the CAG report on Bofors Howitzer acquisition was tabled in Parliament and defended the government during those troubled days.
- Pant became Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission in 2000.
- Pant was also the Chairman of 10th Finance Commission.