Vacancies reduce minorities panel to a one-man body

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NEW DELHI: Without a

chairman

since May last year, the seven-member

National Commission for Minorities

is currently functioning with just one

member

, vice chairman Atif

Rasheed

, who has been holding the fort since November. The post of

NCM

chairman fell vacant in May after the tenure of Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi ended.
Asked about the absence of a full-time chairman and five posts of members being vacant, minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the “matter was under process”. The NCM chief is appointed from names recommended by the minority affairs ministry and requires the approval of the PMO.
As per law, the NCM is supposed to have a chairperson, vice-chairperson and five members. All seven members are nominated by the central government from among people of eminence, ability and integrity. Each member holds office for three years.
After the NCM chairman completed his tenure in May, the then

Sikh

member and vice-chairman Manjit Singh Rai and member Atif Rasheed were the only two left. In November, Rai’s tenure came to an end and Rasheed was appointed vice chairman.
Speaking to TOI, Rasheed said earlier, hearings on complaints were held once a month where each member would participate. Since he was all by himself now, to prevent backlog, the frequency of hearings had been increased to once every few days. He also visited five states to review schemes since November.

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