New Delhi: Senior journalist Vinod Sharma
has been appointed as member of National Minority Commission.
Sharma, Political Editor of Hindustan Times, who has a
three-decade long career in journalism, will replace veteran
journalist Dilip Padgaonkar whose term expired a few months
back. He will be the sixth member of the Commission.
The body has one member each from the five notified
minority communities, while government appoints the sixth
member purely at its discretion.
Commenting on the appointment, Minority Affairs
Minister Salman Khurshid said that Sharma`s joining the
Commission will enrich its working.
"I am hopeful that being a person from media, he will
bring with him his vast experience of objectivity which will
give a fillip to the Commission`s work for minorities,"
The Commission is also likely to get a new chief next
month as the term incumbent Chairman Md. Shafi Qureshi comes
to an end September 2.
Currently, apart from Qureshi, the other Commission
members are H T Sangliana (Vice Chairperson), Spalzes Angmo,
Harvendra Singh Hanspal and Syeda Bilgrami Imam.