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Narendra Kumar appointed as new Chairman of Central Water Commission

Union Government has appointed Narendra Kumar as the new chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC).

About Narendra Kumar

  • He is Central Water Engineering Service (CWES) officer of 1979 batch. Prior to this appointment, he was member (river management) of CWC since October 2014.
  • Prior to that, he served in the CWC assistant director in Design Organisation, deputy director in Project Appraisal Directorate and director in Dam Safety Organisation and Project Monitoring Directorate.
  • He also had served as senior joint commissioner in the Union Water Resources Ministry’s Command Area Development wing from 2002 to 2005.
  • He was chief engineer of Brahmaputra and Barak Basin (Shillong) from 2009 and 2011. He also has worked as commissioner, Brahmaputra and Barak wing of the ministry from 2011 to 2014.
  • He holds a master of technology degree in structural engineering from IIT-Delhi. He also has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from IIT-Roorkee. 

About Central Water Commission (CWC)

  • CWC is apex Technical Organization of India in the field of Water Resources. It is presently functioning as an attached office of Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • It is charged with the general responsibilities of initiating, coordinating in consultation of State Governments schemes for control, utilization and conservation of water resources throughout the country.
  • These schemes are meant for purpose of Flood Control, Irrigation, Navigation, Drinking Water Supply and Water Power Development.
  • It also undertakes the investigations, construction and execution of any such schemes as required.
  • The work of the Commission is divided among 3 wings namely, River Management Wing (RM), Designs and Research Wing (D&R) and Water Planning and Projects Wing (WP&P).

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Nand Kumar Sai takes charge as Chairperson of NCST

Senior tribal leader from Chhattisgarh and ex-parliamentarian Nand Kumar Sai (71) took charge as Chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) in Delhi.

He succeeds Rameshwar Oraon, whose tenure had ended on October 31, 2016. He will have tenure of three years and has been given the rank of Union Cabinet Minister.

About Nand Kumar Sai 

  • He is actively involved in spread of education in tribal areas. He was in the forefront of various movements to oppose atrocities and exploitation of tribals.
  • He was elected to Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly in 1977, 1985 and 1998. He was also elected to the Chhattisgarh legislative assembly in 2000. He was the first leader of opposition in the House.
  • He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989, 1996 and 2004 and also to Rajya Sabha in 2009 and 2010.
  • He has served as member of parliamentary standing committee on coal and steel and parliamentary consultative committee of Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

About National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) 

  • NCST is constitutional body set up under Article 338A added through Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003. It was bifurcated from erstwhile National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  • The First commission was constituted on 2004 with Kunwar singh as the chairperson.C
  • Composition: Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and three full-time Members (including one lady Member). All of them have tenure of three years from the date of assumption of charge.
  • Functions: Investigate and monitor all matters relating to the safeguards provided for the STs under the Constitution or under any other law or under any order of the Government and evaluate the working of such safeguards
  • Inquire into specific complaints with respect to the deprivation of rights and safeguards of STs.
  • Participate and advise in planning process of socio-economic development of the STs and to evaluate the progress of their development under the Centre and any State;
  • Present President, annually reports upon the working of those safeguards.
  • To make in such reports, recommendations as to measures to be taken by Governments for effective implementation of those safeguards and other measures for the protection, welfare and socio-economic development STs.

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Shurhozelie Liezitsu sworn-in as Chief Minister of Nagaland

Shurhozelie Liezitsu (81) was sworn-in as the 17th Chief Minister of Nagaland. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor PB Acharya at a ceremony in the state capital Kohima.

He succeeded TR Zeliang, who had resigned as the Chief Minister following widespread protests over reservation to women in local body elections. Besides CM, 10 other members of the Council also took oath.

About Shurhozelie Liezitsu

  • His political career spans over four decades since he was first elected to the state assembly in 1969 from northern Angami-I constituency under Kohima district.
  • He also has served the office eight times, holding different ministerial portfolios, including education and planning. He was the Minister for Higher education till 2013.
  • He is one of the founding members of first regional party in Nagaland. He is also an eminent scholar and one of the most decorated educationists in the Angami literature (the native language of the Angami tribe).
Background

Shurhozelie Liezitsu, president of Naga People’s Front party was invited by the Governor to form a new government following the resignation of Zeliang. He had emerged as the unanimous choice for the post and formally staked his claim after 42 of the 49 legislators unanimously supported him as their new legislature party leader to break the deadlock between the agitating tribal groups and the government. Nagaland was in political turmoil since January 2017 after the TR Zeliang led NPF government had decided to hold local body elections in 12 towns across the state with 33% reservation for women. Various tribal groups  had opposed the civic elections on the ground that certain provisions of Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 related to women’s reservation framed under Article 243(T) of the Constitution (Reservation of seats in municipalities) infringed upon Naga tradition and customs that are protected under Article 371(A) of the Constitution (Special provision with respect to Nagaland).

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