- Vinai Kumar Saxena has been appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi
- President of India accepted resignation of Anil Baijal as Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
- Saxena was the former Chairman of Khadi & Village Industries Commission
Vinai Kumar Saxena has been appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi. Saxena was the former Chairman of Khadi & Village Industries Commission. Saxena will succeed Anil Baijal who resigned from the post last week citing "personal reasons".
"The President of India is pleased to appoint Vinai Kumar Saxena as the Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office," read a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
"The President of India has accepted the resignation of Anil Baijal as Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi," it added.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also welcomed Saxena's appointment and assured him of his cabinet's full cooperation. "On behalf of the people of Delhi, I extend a warm welcome to the newly appointed Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Vinai Kumar Saxena. For the betterment of Delhi, he will get full cooperation from the Delhi cabinet," he said in a tweet in Hindi.
Saxena started his career as an assistant officer in Rajasthan with JK Group and 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.
He had formed an NGO, the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in 1991, which opposed Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) for their attempts to stop the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Project and other upcoming hydro projects in Narmada Valley since 1991. The role of his voluntary organization 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.