Na­tional child rights body gets new chief

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Pro­tec­tion of Child Rights has got a new chief with the apoint­ments com­mit­tee of the cabi­net ap­point­ing Priyank Kanoongo to the post for a pe­riod of three years. Kanoongo has been mem­ber of the com­mis­sion from Novem­ber 2015 and his ten­ure as mem­ber ends next week. His ten­ure as chair­per­son will be­gin from the day he as­sumes charge.

The min­istry of women and child devel­op­ment con­firmed that or­ders have been is­sued. A grad­u­ate in sci­ence, Kanoongo comes from Mad­hya Pradesh and was as­signed to work on ed­u­ca­tion when he was ap­pointed mem­ber as he had worked on re-in­te­gra­tion of out of school chil­dren with main­stream ed­u­ca­tion. Kanoongo has been as­so­ci­ated with the work and ide­ol­ogy of RSS and has also sup­ported the work of BJP in his home state. Dur­ing his ten­ure as mem­ber of NCPCR his fo­cus has been on ed­u­ca­tion.

The post of chair­per­son fell va­cant last month af­ter Stuti Kacker’s ten­ure ended on Septem­ber 16. Kanoongo will be the fifth NCPCR chief since the com­mis­sion was formed. Renowned child rights ac­i­tivist Shanta Sinha was ap­pointed the chair­per­son in 2007 and then in 2010.

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