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As Maggi plans comeback, Yudhvir Singh Malik transferred to NITI Aayog

25,September, 2015

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik has been transferred to NITI Aayog by the Union government. Malik, who was seen as the man behind the ban on global giant Nestle’s noodle product Maggi, would join NITI Aayog as additional secretary.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC), headed by prime minister Narendra Modi, has approved the appointment of Malik as additional secretary in the Aayog, according to an order issued by department of personnel.
Malik, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, joined FSSAI as chief executive officer under health and family welfare ministry, in September last year. His sudden transfer from FSSAI in just about a year’s time, has surprised many, as the term for a CEO defined under the FSS Act is of three years.
Malik has been appointed in a newly-created post in NITI Aayog by cancelling the appointment of Keshni Anand Arora from the same cadre.
According to one official familiar with the development, the transfer could have been effected as a positive signal to the industry, which is fearing a return to inspector raj as a fallout of the action against Maggi.
It is pertinent to mention that during Malik’s tenure, Maggi noodle samples were subjected to lab tests which found that they contained added Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and Lead in excess of the permissible limit.
Subsequently FSSAI had on June 5 banned nine variants of the brand. It was for the first time that such an action was taken by the Indian food regulator against a company of global repute.
However, the ban was later lifted by the Bombay High Court with the condition that manufacturing and selling would be allowed only after fresh tests give a clean chit to the product.

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