NEW DELHI, July 1 � Former bureaucrat Chandra Kanta Das and Prof Gangmumei Kamei have been appointed as new members of the North Eastern Council (NEC).
Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh, in his capacity as Chairman of the NEC, today announced appointment of the new members with immediate effect for a period of three years.
Das, a retired IAS officer and Prof Gangmumei Kamei, a distinguished academician, author and public activist, will function as full-time non-official members from the NEC headquarters in Shillong.
They succeed Ashoke K Dutta, former director, IIM Shillong, Madan Prasad Bezbaruah, IAS (retd) and BK Charturvedi, IAS (retd) and member of Planning Commission.
Das superannuated as chairman Assam State Electricity Board in December 2008, following which he served as adviser to the Chief Minister, Assam till 2011 and was thereafter actively engaged in public life as a civil society activist. He had also joined the BJP.
Prof Kamei retired as professor of history from Manipur University and is widely hailed for his excellence as an educationist and researcher in subjects related to the North-east.
Dr Singh meanwhile, said that shortly a senior IAS officer would be appointed as the new Secretary of the NEC, since the post fell vacant following the posting of the earlier Secretary Ameising Luikham as Union Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises.