New Delhi: Elated over his appointment as
member of a key committee of the Planning Commission, civil
rights activist Binayak Sen on Thursday vowed to do his best to
provide "equity" for deprived communities in health-related
61-year-old Sen, convicted on charge of sedition by a
court in Chhattisgarh, was yesterday appointed as member of
one of the steering committees to give his inputs for 12th
Plan (2012-17) on health-related issues.
"I am very happy to get this information (of the
appointment on Plan panel`s committee). I would do whatever I
can... I will surely attend the first meeting of the
committee. I will like to bring on board and work for ensuring
further equity in health-related issues for deprived
communities," Sen told agency.
"I would bring my experience (to the panel) and my
focus would be on health equity, Sen added.
The 40-member steering committee on health is expected
to hold its first meeting on May 25 or May 26.
He further said his wife Ilina has received a
communication from the Plan panel in this regard.
"We have appointed Binayak Sen as member of the
steering committee on health to advice for 12th Plan. It was
Planning Commission`s proposal to appoint him," Plan panel
Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had told reporters
Syeda Hammed, Member, Planning Commission on Health,
had said that Sen has been appointed on the important
committee as "he has worked in the area of malnutrition in
"We need his input on malnutrition in tribal children
while formulating the 12th Plan," she added.
The rights activist, a paediatrician, has worked in
Chhattisgarh`s tribal belt.
He has been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges
of sedition and links with Naxalites by a lower court. The
Supreme Court granted him bail in April after which he was
released from Raipur Jail.
Sen, the Vice-president of People`s Union of Civil
Liberties, was sentenced to life imprisonment along with Naxal
ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha
for colluding with the Maoists to establish a network to fight
His conviction and sentence had led to an outrage from
many quarters, including from international human rights