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Who is Vinai Kumar Saxena? Delhi's new Lieutenant Governor

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New Delhi, May 23: Vinai Kumar Saxena was appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on Monday. Saxena, 64, will succeed Anil Baijal who resigned from the post last week citing personal reasons.

    Vinai Kumar Saxena appointed as new Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi | Oneindia News
    Vinai Kumar Saxena

    "The President of India has been pleased to appoint Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena to be the Lt. Governor of National Capital Territory of Delhi with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office," according to the Rashtrapati Bhavan statement.

    Who is Vinai Kumar Saxena? Delhi's new Lieutenant Governor

    • Saxena, who started his career as an assistant officer in Rajasthan with JK Group, was elevated in 1995 as general manager to look after a proposed port project in Gujarat.
    • He then rose to become the CEO and was later elevated as Director of the Dholer Port Project.
    • Born on March 23, 1958 and an alumnus of Kanpur University with a pilot licence, Saxena is a philanthropist in vision and corporate scientist in action, according to his profile available in the KVIC.
    • He had formed an NGO, National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in 1991, which opposed Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) for their attempts to stop construction of the Sardar Sarovar Project and other upcoming hydro projects in Narmada Valley since 1991.
    • The role of his voluntary organisation NCCL was acknowledged by the people of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for exposing the activities of anti-dam activists, according to his profile. He was appointed as KVIC chairperson in 2015.
    • Saxena is one of the members of the national committee to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence. This committee is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    • In November 2020, Saxena was nominated as a member of the high-powered Padma Awards Selection Committee for the year 2021 by the Government of India.
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