Senior civil servant resigns after differences with union agriculture ministry

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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.

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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.

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