NEW DELHI: Without a
since May last year, the seven-member
National Commission for Minorities
is currently functioning with just one
, vice chairman Atif
, who has been holding the fort since November. The post of
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
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.