Prof Gangmumei appointed North Eastern Council member

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IMPHAL, July 1: Prof Gangmumei Kamei, a distinguished academician, author has been appointed as a member of the North Eastern Council along with Chandra Kanta Das, a senior retired IAS officer (`™75 batch).

The announcement was made by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, in his capacity as chairman of the North Eastern Council (NEC), today, according to a PIB statement.

The two eminent persons as been appointed as the new members of the council for a period of three years, it said.

They will function as full time non-official members from the NEC headquarters at Shillong, according to the statement.

Prof Gangmumei Kamei retired as Professor of History, Manipur University, and is widely hailed for his excellence as an educationist and researcher in the subjects related to the Northeast, the statement said.

It also said that Chandra Kanta Das superannuated as chairman, Assam Electricity Board in December 2008 following which he served as adviser to the Chief Minister, Assam till 2011 and was thereafter actively engaged in public life as a civil society activist.

The two members appointed today will draw the salary, dearness allowance and perquisites as applicable to a Secretary in the Government of India. Das and Prof Gangmumei will fill in the vacancies that arose following the acceptance of the resignations of earlier NEC members Ashoke K. Dutta and MP Bezbaruah respectively.

Dr Jitendra Singh has also said that shortly a senior IAS officer from Government of India will be appointed as the new Secretary of the NEC, since the post fell vacant following the posting of the earlier Secretary Ameising Luikham as Union Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, it said.

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