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Ousted officer occupies new chair

Jamshedpur, May 23: Nitin Madan Kulkarni joined as the managing director (MD) of Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (Aiada) this morning.

He took charge from Mohan Lal Rai, who was holding the additional charge of Aiada MD for the past two years.

“It was a nice experience on the first day in office as Aiada MD. Sometime in 2007, I had been here on additional charge as the MD. But, now I have got an opportunity to work for the organisation full time,” said Kulkarni, known for his dynamic approach and clarity in action in every field.

The new MD, when asked about his priority, said he was aware of the conditions at Aiada as he worked for sometime in the past, but there were many challenges that he would have to meet during his stint in the organisation. He, however, prompted to add that he would take stock of the present conditions at Aiada afresh and set his goals accordingly.

Entrepreneurs and industrialists were very enthusiastic on getting to know about the appointment of the former East Singhbhum deputy commissioner as Aiada MD. The industrialists were happy as they got a full-fledged MD, something they were craving since long.

Delegations from separate industrial associations visited Kulkarni in office to congratulate him.

“We had gone to congratulate Kulkarni, but he asked us about our problems. It was very pleasant to hear the new MD asking us about our problems,” an overwhelmed industrialist told The Telegraph.

S.N. Thakur, the president of Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA), said it was a pleasant surprise for him and many other entrepreneurs when they came to know about Nitin Madan Kulkarni being appointed as the Aiada MD.

“Ever since Vandana Dadel, the former full-fledged MD was transferred, a vacuum had been created. It had been our prime demand to have a MD, who might be paying full attention to the work,” Thakur said.

Thakur said Seraikela-Kharsawan deputy commissioner M.L. Rai would devote time on the administrative activities for the entire district.

“Though Rai wanted to look into problems closely, he was unable to spend much time at Aiada. He was supposed to attend the Aiada’s office once in a week, but on most occasions, he could not due to excessive work pressure,” said Thakur.

ASIA general secretary Gurudas Ray appreciated Kulkarni’s appointment.

“Kulkarni is a man with vision. We are extremely glad to see him appointed as a full-fledged MD of Aiada,” said Ray.

About 500 industrial units, including medium-scale are operating in the Aiada command area.

If Aiada had adequate land, then an additional 150 industrial units would have set up industries in Adityapur. But due to non-availability of land for industries, several projects are hanging fire.

Moreover, the Aiada MD has to tackle problems related to sick industries and developing infrastructure in Adityapur industrial area.

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