With the government expediting the process to fill up vacant top-level posts at various organisations under the Ministry of Culture, a new director has been finalised for Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, an autonomous body for the promotion of Gandhian philosophy.
The name of Dipankar Shri Gyan, a deputy director at Shri Krishna Institute of Public Administration under the Jharkhand government, would be announced soon, sources said. A selection panel headed by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma is learnt to have approved Gyan’s name. The Prime Minister is the head of the organisation.
Gyan has earlier worked in Centre for Advancement of People’s Action in Rural Technology. He has also practised as an advocate at Patna High Court representing, among others, multinationals in patent cases. He has also appeared for suppliers named in the “fodder scam”.
That apart, he has represented former Jharkhand chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty for years.
He is all praise for Modi and insists that no one from his family ever had any political connections, let alone links with the BJP-Sangh Parivar camp.
“Modiji is a dynamic man. He wants to change many things in this country. Anyone with such dynamism must be supported. It is his call for Swachh Bharat and Skills Development for the poor that made me apply for this job because these ideals were close to Gandhiji as well,” Gyan told The Indian Express.
Sources said the Centre was looking for someone with administrative experience to run the GSDS.
They added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his dissatisfaction with the GSDS event organised to mark Gandhi’s death anniversary. Modi was particularly miffed after finding a personal item of Gandhi in a sorry state there, said sources.
The NDA government is learnt to have big plans to commemorate 100 years of Satyagraha in 2017 and the process to look for a GSDS director was reportedly expedited after the PMO indicated that the organisation needed to play a more proactive role in promoting the “Gandhi brand.”