Senior civil servant resigns after differences with union agriculture ministry


The central government wanted the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), the organisation that spearheaded the Operation Flood programme that made India self-sufficient in milk, to function like any other PSU.


Not willing to comply with the Union Agriculture Ministry’s new diktat, T Nanda Kumar stepped down as the chairman.

“I have resigned and am relinquishing charge with effect from August 1,” Nanda Kumar, who was appointed by the previous UPA government for a five-year term that would have ended in February 2019, told The Indian Express.

Though, Kumar described the reason personal, his internal email to staff read, “There comes a time in everyone’s life when one’s value system comes into serious conflict with the external environment. A point of compromise becomes a point of no return. I have reached such a point.”

With his resignation, Kumar will also be no longer the chairman of NDDB-promoted companies and institutions, including Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Private Ltd, Indian Immunologicals Ltd, IDMC Ltd and Institute of Rural Management, Anand.