National child rights body gets new chief
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.