National Cooperative Union of India in search of chief

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ncui-logoNational Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) has launched search for its next chief executive, in the light of the search committee identifying the criteria needed in the executive head of the national cooperative body.

The country’s apex body of cooperatives’ decision to form a search committee was taken in the governing council meet in April. Sources said the committee did a good job within the stipulated time.

One of the important eligibility conditions introduced this time requires the candidate to have an experience in working in the cooperative field for not less than 20 years. It is being said had this been so in the past Dr. Dinesh, the former chief executive, would have not made it to the coveted post.

The applicant should also have at least 4-5 years of experience of having headed a co-operative organisation as managing director or chief executive officer – a rank below that of chief executive of NCUI. The move is aimed to eliminate non-serious contenders.

Some people have reservations over the new rules. The dissenters point out that several people having no background in cooperatives have done wonders in the cooperative field, mentioning the instance of Balu Aiyer,  acting  regional director of ICA A-P. He was with some NGOs before joining the cooperative movement.

NCUI, meanwhile, has sent a circular listing the eligibility criteria as well as the form to be filled up by the applicants to cooperative organizations across the states. The circular has been sent to 500 organisations altogether, said a source. The interested candidates have a month to respond.

Selection Committee which would be formed later by the GC would make a list of eligible candidates from the list of applicants. Usually, not more than 5-6 candidates are short-listed for interview,  a source of NCUI said.

It is estimated, the process of selection of the new CE would be completed within three-four months.