Retired IAS officer Shakti Sinha appointed Director,Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

shakti-sinhaThe Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Thursday approved the appointment of retired IAS officer Shakti Sinha to the post of director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, putting to rest the controversy following the inclusion of his name to the post.Sinha will receive a fixed amount of Rs 2.25 lakh per month, and his tenure will run for three years.The NMML has been without a director since the resignation of its previous director Mahesh Rangarajan in September, after Culture Minister had questioned the manner of his appointment by the UPA Government.

Sinha had served as private secretary and joint secretary to Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998-99. He also served as a director of the RSS-affiliated think-tank India Foundation.Nehru Memorial and Museum and Library (NMML) executive council member Pratap Bhanu Mehta resigned in protest against the candidature of former bureaucrat Shakti Sinha as the premier research institution’s next director,Mehta, in a letter last month, highlighted the marginalisation of academic credentials in the selection process of candidates to the director’s post. Mr. Mehta was one of the members on the selection committee set up to recommend names to the post of director.

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