Washington: The Obama administration has appointed Indian American Rajen Anand to a key agriculture post that will give him the responsibility to improve the nutrition status of 306 million people of the country.

Dr. Anand has been appointed as executive director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. The centre is best known for the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPyramid food guidance system.

“President Obama and I are firmly committed to improving the health and nutrition of the American people, and I am pleased to welcome Dr. Anand back to the USDA because he has a deep and broad understanding of dietary guidance, nutrition and how public policy is made,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

“As a former professor and civil servant, Dr. Anand will be a huge asset to our management team,” he added — PTI

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