Shri Chandra Kanta Das superannuated as Chairman, Assam Electricity Board in December 2008 following which he served as Adviser to the Chief Minister, Assam till 2011 and was thereafter actively engaged in public life as a civil society activist. Prof Gangmumei Kamei retired as Professor of History, Manipur University, and is widely hailed for his excellence as an educationist and researcher in the subjects related to the Northeast.
The two members appointed today will draw the salary, dearness allowance and perquisites as applicable to a Secretary in the Government of India. Shri Das and Prof. Gangmumei will fill in the vacancies that arose following the acceptance of the resignations of earlier NEC members Shri Ashoke K. Dutta and Shri M.P. Bezbaruah respectively.
Dr Jitendra Singh meanwhile said that shortly a senior IAS officer from Government of India will be appointed as the new Secretary of the NEC, since the post fell vacant following the posting of the earlier Secretary Shri Ameising Luikham as Union Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises.