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Meghalaya regrets delay in naming IFAD nominee
Correspondent, SHILLONG, DEC 8:
Published on 9 Dec. 2008 1:54 AM IST
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Meghalaya has regretted for the delay in reconsidering its nominee Phrang Roy to the post of president of International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) with barely 10 days left for the closing of the nomination, official sources said today. Pakistan, Nigeria and Germany had already nominated their candidates for the same. Roy, a tribal Khasi is currently the Assistant President of IFAD with its headquarters in Rome, Italy. IFAD, a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. Chief Minister Donkupar Roy, had written letters to other North Eastern States Chief Ministers to pursue with the union government for Roy's candidature. Former Lok Sabha Speaker and Chairman of Meghalaya Planning Board, Purno A Sangma have already written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior national political parties' leaders to support Roy as India's nominee for the top post. "It is high time that the North Easterner's along with the rest of the country to put pressure on New Delhi to nominate Phrang Roy as India's nominee for the post," President of Informed Conscious And Responsible Existence ( ICARE), Toki Blah said. The ICARE Chief claimed that India's delay in nominating a candidate for IFAD presidentship was mainly because of the Ministry of External Affairs. "They are not interested in nominating him as India's candidature may be due to the fact that he was an Indian Administrative Service and not from the Indian Foreign Service," the former IAS officer told reporters here. He added : "It appears that the Delhi establishment is trying to scuttle Roy's nomination since he is from the Northeast. This has infuriated the people of the Northeast because they see this as yet another example of discrimination on the basis of geography and caste." Blah, who had a long-time association with IFAD felt Roy would be an ideal candidate for the post of the President. The IFAD president is elected by its member countries. The election to the IFAD president post is slated for April 2009.

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