Ranchi: Former Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Rameshwar Oraon (62) will take over as the new Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST.
The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs has notified his appointment after President Pratibha Devisingh Patil gave her mandatory nod to the Centre’s proposal.
Oraon, a former MP from Jharkhand’s Loharadaga constituency, took the plunge into politics in the year 2004 when he quit his job as the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) and won the Lok Sabha polls on a Congress ticket.
Before joining the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972, Oraon was appointed as the Assistant Director in the Planning Commission after qualifying Indian Economic Service examination in 1971.
Oraon is likely to take the charge of the commission in the next two days. The post has been lying vacant since January this year after then Chairperson Urlima Singh was shifted to Himachal Pradesh as Governor. The post enjoys status and privileges at par with a Union cabinet Minister.
Set up in 2004 under the article 338 A of the Constitution after bifurcation of the then National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, NCST has been tasked to oversee the implementation of various safeguards provided to tribals under the constitution.
As Chairman of the Commission, Oraon will have a three year stint. Apart from the constitutional safeguards, the commission also has its responsibility to take up the issue related to suffering from extreme social, educational and economic backwardness of the target section.
The Commission also has a participatory and advisory role in planning development-relating strategy for socio-economic development of the STs and also to evaluate the progress of their progress across the country, Oraon said.
Taking to the iGovernment, Oraon said that he would try to live upto the expectations of the Prime Minister, who had vested him the task to look into the issue related to welfare of the tribal populace of the country.
“I will strive for curbing instances of atrocities against the tribals across the country. As the chairman of the commission, I will also try to ensure that the benefits of the Central government schemes reached the target sections,” Oraon said.