Rajiv Kumar quits Ficci

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  • Published 18.09.12

New Delhi, Sept. 17: Rajiv Kumar, secretary-general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), today quit the industry association as he plans to return to academics and research.

“It’s been my long time wish to get back to academics. Right now that is the only plan I have and other than that there is no reason behind my stepping down,” Kumar told The Telegraph. He will, however, stay on till December, when Ficci chooses his successor.

Usually, industry chambers have either a director-general or a secretary-general. While Chandrajit Banerjee is the director-general of the CII, D.S. Rawat is secretary-general at Assocham.

However, Ficci maintained both the posts from October 2010, when Kumar took over as director-general; the plan was to groom him for the post of secretary-general, then held by Amit Mitra.

Ficci officials, however, did not confirm whether Arbind Prasad, who was earlier this year appointed as the association’s director-general, will take over when Kumar leaves.

Kumar, who became secretary-general in May 2011 when Mitra joined Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet, has been instrumental in reopening Ficci’s Bengal office in Calcutta.