National Jute Board, a statutory body set up by subsuming Jute Manufacturers Development Council (JMDC) and National Centre for Jute Diversification (NCJD) has been newly formed under the administrative control of Ministry of Textiles with effect from April 1.

According to a release, Atri Bhattacharya, IAS, will continue to be the Secretary of the Board. The regional offices of JMDC at Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi will continue to function as the regional offices of National Jute Board.

The regional office at Chennai, with the jurisdiction of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry, will continue to function at 34, Cathedral Garden Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai. The domestic and export market promotional activities of JMDC and Entrepreneur Development and training related activities of NCJD will be jointly performed by the new National Jute Board.

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