Amit Mitra
Mitra in 2011
Cabinet Minister
Government of West Bengal
In office
2011 - 2021
GovernorM. K. Narayanan
D. Y. Patil
Keshari Nath Tripathi
Jagdeep Dhankhar
  • Finance
  • Planning and Statistics and Programme Monitoring
Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byAsim Dasgupta
Succeeded byKajal Sinha (posthumously)
Principal Advisor(Cabinet Rank)
Chief Minister of West Bengal
Assumed office
10 Nov 2021
Personal details
Born (1947-12-20) 20 December 1947 (age 76)
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Political partyAll India Trinamool Congress
SpouseMeera Balakrishnan
Children1 daughter
RelativesBela Mitra (mother)
Haridas Mitra (father)
Alma mater Presidency College, Kolkata (B.A.)
University of Delhi (M.A.)
Duke University (Ph.D.)

Dr. Amit Mitra is an Indian economist and politician and the current Special Advisor to Chief Minister of West Bengal on Finance. Previously he was the Finance, Commerce & Industries Minister of the government of Indian state of West Bengal. He was the incumbent MLA in the West Bengal state assembly from the Khardaha state assembly constituency. Cited as a giant killer in the 2011 West Bengal state assembly election defeating Asim Dasgupta, the former West Bengal Finance Minister.[1][2][3] Mitra previously served as the Secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).


Son of Haridas Mitra, a freedom fighter and former Deputy Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and Bela Mitra. His maternal grandfather was Suresh Chandra Bose, elder brother of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Both Suresh Chandra Bose and Haridas Mitra were part of the secret service team of Azad Hind Fauj. Bela Mitra took charge of the secret service of Azad Hind Fauj from Haridas Mitra. Belanagar railway station in Howrah district on the Howrah-Bardhaman chord line, is named after her.[4]


Mitra went to Calcutta Boys' School and graduated from Presidency College when it was an affiliate of the University of Calcutta with a degree in Economics. He was a notable debater in West Bengal inter-college debate competitions.[5] Mitra received a Masters from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and, in 1978, a PhD from Duke University in the USA.[4][6] Dr. Mitra is included in Duke University's list of distinguished alumni.[6]

Early career

He taught at Duke University and Franklin & Marshall College for over a decade before returning to India. He received the prestigious Sears-Roebuck Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1990.[7][8]

He joined the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and rose to be its secretary-general.[4] He resigned as secretary-general of FICCI on May 18, 2011 upon his election as state assembly representative. [9] During his tenure, he transformed FICCI into a professional organisation to research and formulate India's policy during its economic liberalisation. The number of conferences organised by FICCI rose from 10 to 500 between 1994 and 2011 and its revenues saw an increase from Rs 3 crore to Rs 110 crore during the period Dr. Mitra presided over its activities.[9]

He served as an Additional Director of Steel Authority of India Ltd from March 25, 2003 to March 24, 2006. At the request of Mamata Banerjee, the railway minister, he headed a panel to draw up business plans for the public-private partnership projects of the railways. He has been on the government's advisory committee on the World Trade Organization and the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. He was associated with Planning Commission as a member of the expert group on equitable development.[10][11] He has also been appointed a member on the Board of Air India-National Aviation Company of India Ltd. (NACIL). He is also on the Board of IL&FS –CDI, a hundred per cent subsidiary of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) which is one of India's leading infrastructure development and finance company, Also on the Board of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC).

Dr Mitra was also a Member on the Advisory Board of the India Fund of the Unit Trust of India (UTI), Member, Advisory Board of Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd., a marketing subsidiary of Microsoft in India, Member, Central Listing Authority, established by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Member, Life Insurance Council, Member of the ‘Eminent Persons Group’ established by the UNCTAD Secretary General on Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs)- 2006, Member, Consultative Group set up by the Inter-State Council Secretariat (ISCS), Member, Committee on Public-Private Partnership in the area of Defence (2004–2005), Member, Advisory Committee on Competition Advocacy for advising Competition Commission of India, Member, Expert Committee to formulate energy Policy by Planning Commission (2005–06), Member of the "India-China Eminent Persons Group" from the Indian side, and Member, Advisory Committee to Union Commerce Minister of India on International Trade (WTO), and Member of the "Indo – EU Roundtable" from the Indian side (initiated by Government of India and the EU). He is a Member of the Joint Study Groups set up between the Governments of India-China, India-Japan, India-Israel, India-Korea & Indo-Russia. He is also represented on various sectoral Committees/Sub-Groups constituted by the National Manufacturing Competitive Council and the Planning Commission, Member of the ‘Expert Group on Equitable Development’ set up by the Planning Commission for preparing the Eleventh Five Year Plan. He was also Trustee of India Brand Equity Foundation. He was appointed in the two-member committee by the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India for suggesting Alternative Scheme of Collecting Excise Duties.

Political career

Amit Mitra joined All India Trinamool Congress on the invitation of Mamata Banerjee[12] and contested during the state assembly election of 2011 from the Khardaha state assembly constituency. He was attributed a giant killer after the election as he defeated state Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta by a margin of 26,154 votes.[13] Asim Dasgupta was elected from the Khardaha constituency previously five times in a row during the state assembly elections of 1987, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006.

Amit Mitra was sworn in as a minister on May 20, 2011 and was given the Finance and Excise portfolio.[14][15]

Amit Mitra has opined that the ‘minimal capital expenditure’ made over a long period by the state government has led to the state of bankruptcy. He feels that the state's financial condition can be improved with a flow of investments and expansion of the state's existing industrial units.[16]


Amit Mitra is a Padma Shree Award Winner from Government of India in the year 2008 .[17] The Japanese government conferred the `Order of the Rising Sun' on Amit Mitra in 2005 by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. The award was presented for his contribution towards promotion of friendly relations between India and Japan.[18] He is also the recipient of highest civilian Awards conferred by President of the Republic of Italy in 2007.[8]


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  2. ^ "134 – Khardah Assembly Constituency". Partywise Comparison Since 1977. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Statistical Reports of Assembly Elections". General Election Results and Statistics. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
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  5. ^ records of Presidency College, Calcutta.
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  8. ^ a b "Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry Office Bearers". FICCI. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Mitra says goodbye to Ficci". The Telegraph, Calcutta, India. 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Mamata, the business mitra". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph 10 July 2009. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Executive Profile:Amit Mitra". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  12. ^ "FICCI's Amit Mitra joins Trinamool Congress". News One. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  13. ^ "FICCI leader Amit Mitra, Kolkata mayor win". News One. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Mitra given Finance, Partha commerce/industries". IBN Live. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  15. ^ "The Ministry". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 21 May 2011. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  16. ^ "Amit Mitra's recipe to revive Bengal's economy". rediffbusiness 23 March 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  17. ^ "Mamata picks Ficci boss Amit Mitra to take on Finance Minister Asim". Express News Service, 15 March 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  18. ^ "Japanese honour for Amit Mitra". The Hindu Business Line 30 April 2005. Retrieved 11 May 2011.