Secretary General

Mr. Rajit Ranjan Okhandiar

Mr. Rajit Ranjan Okhandiar is a Senior Officer from the elite Indian Forest Service (I.F.S.) Cadre of Government of India.  He has credited with three Master Degrees; (1) Masters in Geo-informatics & Remote Sensing from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, India and International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, Netherlands, (2) Masters in Forestry from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun, India, and (3) Masters in Physics from Patna University, India.

Currently, Mr. RajitRanjan Okhandiar also holds the post of Chief Executive Officer in Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.  Central Silk Board (CSB) is the National Agency working for the overall development of sericulture and silk industry in the country. The activities of CSB are; research & development, the regulatory authority on seed production, provide leadership for seed production and extension, silk promotion, advising the Union Government for framing and implementing policy requirements, and support and assist Provincial Governments for the development of the industry.

Mr. RajitRanjan Okhandiar had rendered his services in various Government Departments of Union and Provincial Governments for the last 30 years, mainly focussing on integrating sustainable developmental activities while preserving the natural eco-systems for providing meaningful employment opportunities to the weaker sections of the society, especially women.  A brief narrative of the professional experience of Mr. RajitRanjan Okhandiar is given below:-

Designation / Title

Organization

Duration

Responsibility

Additional Chief Conservator of Forests

Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Producers Cooperative Federation (MP-MFP)

2015-2017

Management and conservation of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) in natural forest. Harvesting, processing and marketing of value added herbal and Ayurvedic products.

Chief Conservator of Forests

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department

2013-14

Conservation, protection and management of forest areas of Indore circle.

Chief Conservator of Forests

Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Producers Cooperative Federation (MP-MFP)

2010-13

Management and conservation of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) in natural forest. Harvesting, processing and marketing of value added herbal and Ayurvedic products.

Chief Conservator of Forests

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, Forest Working Plan Office

2007-10

Preparation of Forest Management Plan of Harda district of Madhya Pradesh Province using modern RS-GIS technique.

Conservator and trainee M.Sc. Geo-informatics

Indian institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, Dept. of Space, GOI, Dehradun

2005-2007

Study of advanced techniques in GIS, GPS, DSS Remote Sensing and GIS project execution and research.

Conservator of Forest and General Manager (Marketing)

Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce Cooperative  Federation, Bhopal

2004-2005

Production, processing, storage and marketing of NTFP worth Rs. 2000 million

Divisional Forest Officer, Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department

2000-2004

NRM, Forest Resource Assessment, Forestry and Rural development projects preparation, execution and evaluation. HR planning and financial management

Divisional Forest Officer, Kondagaon

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department

1998-2000

NRM, Forest Resource Assessment, Tribal development projects, including wild silkworm cocoon marketing, JFM model development, Indigenous people empowerment initiatives, HR planning and financial management and quasi-judicial function.

Divisional Forest Officer, Sidhi

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department

1994-1997

NRM, Forest survey, Forestry and Rural development projects preparation, execution, monitoring and evaluation. HR planning and financial management, wildlife management.

Divisional Forest (Social Forestry)Officer, Mandla

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department

1990-1993

Social forestry program execution, monitoring and evaluation, execution of commercial tree plantation on cooperative model

Sub-Divisional Forest Officer, Kondagaon

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department

1989-1990

Policing of natural forest resource, Quasi-judicial function under Indian Forest Act, Wildlife protection and Forest conservation Act

Plantation and other forestry activities.