National Commission for Minorities left with no member

NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM), formed to protect the interests of minority communities, is left with no member.

The last member of the panel, Dadi E Mistri, a representative of the Parsi community, demitted office today after completing his stipulated three-year term with the commission.

Asked about this issue, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the process of filling the vacancies “is on”.

Appointed during the previous Congress-led UPA-II Government, six of the seven-member commission retired between September 9, 2015 and March 3 this year.

Reacting to the panel being left with no member, Captain Praveen Davar, who demitted his membership to the panel on January 26, said there is no mechanism left to redress complaints of the minority communities.

Insisting the Government to appoint new members “without delay”, Davar also asked Parliamentarians to put pressure on the BJP-led NDA Government by raising the issue.

“The MPs are advised to exert pressure on the Government as delay will add to the feeling of insecurity among minorities. Early action is the need of the hour. The later the worse,” he said. (AGENCIES)



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