NDDB Chairman T Nanda Kumar Resigns
The leadership change at the agency that oversees the Rs 2,250 crore National Dairy Plan to increase milk production in the country is happening at a crucial time.
An agriculture ministry official said his resignation has been accepted and that a replacement would be found in due course. Former Amul Managing Director BM Vyas and Shankar Chaudhary, a BJP leader and chairman of Banas Dairy, are the likely contenders to lead the state-run agency, said a source in the dairy sector.
Kumar wasn’t immediately available for comment.
The leadership change at the agency that oversees the Rs 2,250 crore National Dairy Plan to increase milk production in the country is happening at a time when the private sector is showing increasing interest in the dairy sector.
Kumar, a former agriculture secretary, took over the charge at NDDB in March 2014, succeeding Amrita Patel. The 65-year-old former IAS officer belonging to the Bihar-Jharkhand cadre was the first bureaucrat to be appointed as the NDDB chief. He has been credited with improving the relations between NDDB and Amul, which were trying to promote different models of cooperatives.
Milkman Verghese Kurien formed the National Dairy Development Board in 1965 to replicate the Amul model of dairy cooperatives in parts of India. On Kurien’s insistence, the central government agreed to keep its headquarters at Anand in Gujarat to keep it away from the influence of the bureaucracy.
After his retirement in the late 1990s, Kurien’s former protégé Amrita Patel took over the reins of the board that controlled IDMC Ltd, Mother Dairy, NDDB Dairy Services and Indian Immunologicals Ltd. Mother Dairy has a large retail network to market dairy products, fruits and vegetables in Delhi and is trying to expand its presence to new markets.
India ranks first in milk production, accounting for 18.5% of the world production. The country’s annual milk output was 146.3 million tonnes during 2014-15, compared with 137.69 million tonnes the previous year. The per capita availability of milk in India increased to 322 grams a day in 2014-15 from 176 grams in 1990-91.