Cumbarjua MLA to head SC/ST panel
TNN, Feb 16, 2011, 01.11am IST
PANAJI: Cumbarjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar may not have been able to
make a come back to the cabinet, but on Tuesday he was appointed
chairman of the newly-created scheduled caste and scheduled tribes
commission and will enjoy cabinet status.
The order appointing Madkaikar as chairman of the commission with
cabinet status, was issued on Tuesday by secretary (rural development)
The government had given an assurance to the association of tribals
when they had threatened to launch an agitation in December 2010, that
the commission would be set up and constituted soon.
Similarly, Madkaikar had been promised induction into the cabinet over
a year ago after an agitation by tribals who had protested
non-representation of the scheduled tribes' community in the cabinet.
The Cumbarjua MLA was dropped from the ministry two years ago. His
brother Dhaku Madkaikar, meanwhile, is chairman of the scheduled caste
and scheduled tribes corporation.
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