Mr. Sanjiv Chopra, an IAS officer from Bengal cadre has taken over as the Managing Director of beleaguered cooperative NAFED.Mr Chopra was Director General of National Horticulture Board. He comes at a time nafed is passing thru bad phase of its existence.
His appointment is being seen as some kind of compromise formula worked out between Nafed Board and Ministry. It should be known to readers that the outgoing MD Mr. CV Anand Bose was removed by Board against the wishes of ministry.
Talking to Indiancooperative.com Mr Bose clarified that he has not been removed but has been promoted to the rank of Secretary. Nafed MD is a junior level post and I had requested the govt 10 days ago to find suitable post matching my rank. Coconut Board which I head is a secretary-level post, added Mr Bose. My promotion, Mr Sanjiv Chopra’s arrival and happenings at Nafed are all unconnected, said the outgoing MD.
There is, meanwhile also news of Nafed Chairman Dr Bijender Singh requesting ministry to be relieved of his nafed obligations. The Ministry, it said has asked him to put up the same before the Nafed Board.
A face-off between the government and nafed was not auguring well for the cooperative movement also. Hope the new MD streamlines the things at Nafed and makes it a classic example of cooperative movement in India. A goal which looks very distant for the Nafed to achieve.