Vinay Kumar Saxena was appointed deputy governor of Delhi on Monday, days after Anil Baijal resigned from the post citing “personal reasons”.
According to Rashtrapati Bhavan’s statement, “The President of India has had the pleasure of appointing Shree Vinay Kumar Saxena to be the Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi as of the date of his assumption of office.”
Chairman of Khadi Village Industries Committee (KVIC), a body under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Saxena is the first businessman to be selected for the position of Deputy Governor of Delhi.
Who is Vinai Kumar Saxena?
Born on March 23, 1958, he is a 1981 Kanpur University graduate and holds a pilot’s license. Saxena is well known in the corporate and social sectors with more than three decades of experience.
Saxena started his career in 1984 as an Assistant Officer in Rajasthan with JK Group. After working for 11 years in various capacities with the White Cement Plant, he was promoted in 1995 as General Manager to take care of the proposed port project in Gujarat. He was then promoted to CEO and later appointed as the Project Manager for Port of Dulira.
Saxena was appointed as Chairman of KVIC Board in 2015 and has been responsible for several popular job generation programs such as ‘Honey Mission’, ‘Kumhar Sachaktekaran Yojana’ and ‘Leather Craftsmen Empowerment Scheme’. Under his leadership, KVIC’s sales have grown by a whopping 248 percent and have led to 40,000 new jobs in the past seven years. KVIC under Saxena’s leadership also recorded a historic sales volume of Rs 1.15 crore in 2021-22, which is the highest figure for KVIC of any FMCG company in India to date.
Due to his success in many schemes, the government has nominated Saxena to several prestigious committees and committees including the National Committee for the Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence, the Padma Awards 2021 Selection Committee, the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration, and the Board of Directors for Scientific Affairs and Industrial Research ( CSIR) and University Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Saxena has also won several awards including “Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Protection and Water Security” in Gujarat in 2008 by the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD).
Saxena is also the founder of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in 1991 and is based in Ahmedabad. The NGO has expressed strong opposition, legally and socially, to the opponents of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) in the Narmada Valley. NCCL won the prestigious Dubai International Award for Best Practices supported by UN-Habitat for its “Mission ENDURE” project to reduce pollution in Ahmedabad.
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