Senior tribal leader
from Chhattisgarh and ex parliamentarian Shri Nand Kuamr Sai assumed
charge as the chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)
today in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Sai said it will be his endeavor to
protect rights of tribal living in far flung areas of the country. He
said a large percentage of tribals in our country are still not aware of
their rights guaranteed to them by the constitutions. Shri Sai said he
will see to it that NCST is converted into an important tool for the
overall social economic development of STs in the country.
Earlier on his arrival to the office of NCST, Shri Sai was greeted by
Vice Chairperson of NCST Miss Anusuia Uikey, Members Shri Bari Krishna
Damor and Shri Harshadbhai Chunilal Vasava and Secretary of the
Commission Shri Raghav Chandra.
Born on January 1, 1946 at village Bhagora of Jaspur District in
Chhattisgarh Shri Sai studied at NES college Jashpur and obtained Post
Graduate degree in Political Science from Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla
Shri Sai was elected to MP legislative assembly in 1977, 1985 and 1998.
He was elected to Chhattisgarh legislative assembly in 2000 and was the
first leader of opposition in the assembly. Shri Sai was elected to Lok
sabha in 1989, 1996 and 2004. He was also elected to Rajya Sabha in 2009
and 2010. He also served as member of Parliamentary Standing Committee
on Coal and Steel and member of the Parliamentary consultative committee
of Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Social Justice and
Shri Sai has been actively involved in spread of education in tribal
areas. An ardent supporter of prohibition Shri Sai has been in the
forefront of various movements to oppose atrocities and exploitation of
NCST was established by amending Article 338 and inserting a new Article
338A in the Constitution through the Constitution (89th Amendment) Act,
2003. By this amendment, the erstwhile National Commission for Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes was replaced by two separate Commissions
namely- (i) the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), and
(ii) the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) w.e.f. February
The term of office of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and each member is
three years from the date of assumption of charge. The Chairperson has
been given the rank of Union Cabinet Minister and the Vice-Chairperson
that of a Minister of State and other Members have the ranks of a
Secretary to the Government of India.
NCST is empowered to investigate and monitor matters relating to
safeguards provided for STs under the Constitution or under other laws
or under Govt. order. The Commission is also authorized to inquire into
specific complaints relating to rights and safeguards of STs and to
participate and advise in the Planning Process relating to
socio-economic development of STs and to evaluate the progress of their
development under the Union and States.
The commission submits its report to the President annually on the
working of safeguards and measures required for effective implementation
of Programmers/ Schemes relating to welfare and socio-economic
development of STs.