New Delhi: With his induction in the Union Cabinet as Minister for Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj, a 33-year-long wait has ended V Kishore Chandra Deo, Lok Sabha member from Araku in Coastal Andhra.
It was in 1979-1980 that Mr KC Deo had been inducted as Minister of State for Steel, Mines and Coal for the veteran Parliamentarian.
One of the more prominent faces from the Tribal communities, Mr Deo had been the one of the frontrunners for the Lok Sabha Speakers post in 2009, but was pipped to the post by Ms Meira Kumar.
Mr Deo had been elected five times to the Lok Sabha and has served one term in the Rajya Sabha, having been elected to the Lower House the first time in 1977.
The 64-year-old leader has chaired several key Parliamentary Committees, including the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill. This Panel was instrumental in getting the historic ‘forest rights’ Bill passed.
Besides this, Mr Deo also served as the chairman of the Panel set up to probe the cash–for-vote scam in Parliament.(INN)