At the age of 87 years, Ajit Singh Parmar has got 23 years of work experience in many high positions in the Co-operative sector in Punjab, India and 21 years of self employment in India. He is the Founder Trustee of Kiwi Indian Charitable and Social Club, New Zealand.
Father of four children and 6 grand children, Mr Parmar came to New Zealand with his family to permanently settle in 2003. His wife is a house wife. He also has a green card of USA, but choose New Zealand as his permanent home. He is living here for the last 18 years.
Before doing self employment in India, he was politically active in Punjab politics. He was a close aide of former Chief Minister of Punjab, Zail Singh who later became the President of India. He was a staunch congress worker alike his uncle who unsuccessfully contested the assembly elections in the state of Punjab. His father was a freedom fighter and also remained in jail in the Jaito movement for fighting against british regime before Independence.
Mr Parmar first joined as a Manager in Punjab State Co-operative Industrial Federation in 1959 and served there until 1963. In 1963, he joined Punjab Government Emporium as Manager in Ambala Cantt. In 1966, he was first elected as Director of Pb. State Co-operative Industrial Federation. In 1969 he became the Vice-Chairman of Jalandhar Industrial Cooperative Bank.
Two years later, he became the Director of Punjab State Co-operative Bank and served in this capacity for four years. During this period, he became the Director of Punjab Cooperative Union and remained there for 10-12 years. He became the Director of Kapurthala Central Co-operative Bank Limited and remained there for 3 years. He also served as a Director of Phagwara Central Consumer Stores. He served as the Director of Punjab Co-operative Consumer Stores Federation from 1972 to 1979.
He also remained a member of the governing body of IFFCO for around 8 years and a member of governing body of National Co-operative Union of India for another 8 years. He also served as a Nominee Director of District Co-operative Union Hoshiarpur, and District Co-operative Union Jalandhar and also remained as Director of Kapurthala Co-operative Union. He worked as a Chairman of a semi-government organsation- Sahlon Multi-purpose co-operative Agriculture service society for around 8 years.
In New Zealand, he is associated with Auckland Sikh Society, Auckland and was also the first chairman of Supreme Sikh Council of New Zealand. He is also a member of New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA) since 2004 and a member of Manukau Indian Association for many years.
While living in New Zealand, he has not forgotten his roots in India. He donated money for opening a language school in Phagwara, his home town, but that project was not successful. He also helped the riot victims after the anti-sikh genocide in 1984 across the country. He has adopted the family of his former employee and helping the children financially for their studies and the marriage of the children.
His aim of joining the Kiwi Indian Charitable and Social Club is to contribute towards the charitable work and do some community service in association with like minded people. Despite his old age, he is still active and regularly visits sikh temple, attend regular meetings of other charities in New Zealand and also guides with his wide experience to the young generation in New Zealand.