Sanjeev is an IAS Officer with over thirty years in the government at the apex level, with degrees in law, history and literature, and a PhD in Management Studies. He holds prestigious fellowships (Hubert H. Humphrey at Cornell and Robert S. McNamara at World Bank). He has also taught at the LBS National Academy of Administration was the coordinator of the faculty of Management and the Vice Chair of the Centre for Co-operatives and Rural Development. He has been the Guest scholar/Visiting Faculty at Brookings Institution, IIM-A, IRMA, LBSNAA and State ATIs.
Before joining the IAS in 1985, Sanjeev started his career with the Times of India as a Trainee Journalist and then worked in the Economic Times for two years. Within the government, he currently works in the Ministry of Agriculture as Mission Director for Horticulture and Micro Irrigation. He has been Principal Secretary to the Government of West Bengal in the Agriculture, Food Processing and Horticulture Departments and was Secretary Industrial Development and IT with Government of Uttarakhand where he was instrumental in making the state the ‘número uno’ investment destination in the country.
His opinions are based on extensive background in Governance and Public Policy, Development Interventions, Agribusiness Policy, and Rural economy.
Almost all discussions on agriculture begin and end with concerns about the plight of the farmer, the margins of the intermediary, and the ineffectiveness of government policy to address the real issues of those engaged in agriculture. This is all fine, but where do we go from here? Is there something fundamentally wrong, or is there light at the end of the tunnel? I believe if the government focuses on markets, education, research, standards, facilitating global trade and extension activities, the markets will take care of the rest.