T Vijay  Kumar

T Vijay Kumar

Ex-IAS, Advisor
Government of Andhra Pradesh

Executive Vice- Chairman, Rythu sadhikara samstha, leading the Andhra Pradesh Community-Managed Natural Farming. A Physics honour student and an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University ( 1977). He joined the Indian Administrative Service, Andhra Pradesh (A.P) cadre in 1983. In his 37 years of Govt. service, he has spent more than 25 years in large scale community mobilization : tribal communities, rural women and farmers. He spent a record 10 years, 2000 to 2010 as CEO of Society for elimination of Rural Poverty (S.E.R.P) and led the mobilizing and empowerment of 11.5 million rural poor women in A.P into thrift and credit based self-help groups (SHGs) and their federations, to enable them to come out of poverty. From 2010 to 2015, as the first Mission Director of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (N.R.L.M), he has taken the lessons of SERP to the whole country, with a vision of mobilising 100 million rural women into S.H.G s and federations. He returned to Govt. of AP in April 2015 as Special Chief Secretary, Agriculture Dept. After his retirement in September, 2016 he has been appointed as the Adviser to Govt, Agriculture Dept. For the past 4 years, he has been leading the climate resilient Zero budget Natural farming in A.P. Renamed as Andhra Pradesh Community-Managed Natural Farming in 2020, he is currently, serving as Executive Vice-Chairman in the programme covering 650,000 farmers in A.P. The vision is to cover by 2027, all 6.0 million farmers in the state and to make the whole state a natural farming state.

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