December 1, 2016, Anand: Shri Dilip Rath has been appointed as Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board by the Government of India for two years. He has assumed charge from 1st December 2016 as per the notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Govt of India. He was holding additional charge of the post of Chairman since 1st August 2016.
Shri Rath took premature retirement from the service (IAS) to join NDDB as Managing Director in 2011. Ever since joining NDDB, he has been instrumental in building a strong connect with the dairy cooperatives. He was always in favour of creating farmer-owned institutions for providing rural milk producers with greater access to the organised milk-processing sector. As Mission Director of the National Dairy Plan (NDP), he is actively pursuing the project objectives of increasing productivity of milch animals and thereby increase milk production to meet the rapidly growing demand for milk. During his tenure in NDDB, Shri Rath has been a strong advocate of a transparent payment system where milk payments are disbursed directly to the producers’ accounts in banks.
Shri Rath has wide experience in dairy development and cooperatives. He was instrumental in implementing various schemes of the Central Government including monitoring country’s milk situation in the context of inflation of essential commodities.
He received Master’s degree in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. After joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1979, he served in different capacities under the State Governments of West Bengal, Odisha and the Central Government. He was Joint Secretary in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Government of India from 2008 to 2010 and Director on the board of NDDB.