Kamla Beniwal

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Kamla Beniwal
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Kamla Beniwal at the inauguration of National Museum dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Governor of Mizorom
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 July 2014
Preceded by Vakkom Purushothaman
Governor of Gujarat
In office
27 November 2009 – 6 July 2014
Preceded by S.C. Jamir
Succeeded by Margaret Alva
Governor of Tripura
In office
15 October 2009 – 26 November 2009
Preceded by Dinesh Nandan Sahay
Succeeded by Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil
Personal details
Born (1927-01-12) January 12, 1927 (age 87)
Gorir village, Khetri, Jhunjhunu district, Rajasthan
Political party Indian National Congress (retired)
Spouse(s) Ramchandra Beniwal
Parents Netram Singh
Residence Gandhinagar
Alma mater Maharaja College, Jaipur and Banasthali Vidyapeeth
Occupation Politician
Profession Agriculture
Religion Hinduism
Education MA (History), BA (Economics, Political Science &

History)

Kamla Beniwal (Hindi:कमला बेनीवाल) is an incumbent Governor of the Indian state of Mizoram. On 6th July 2014, she had been transferred from the post of the Governor of Gujarat to being the Governor of Mizoram.[1] Earlier she served as the Governor of Tripura in 2009.[2]

Early life[edit]

She was born in the village Gaurir in Jhunjhunu district in a Jat family. She completed her BA in Economics, Political Science & History from Maharaja College, Jaipur and MA in History from Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan.

Career[edit]

She was the member of Indian National Congress.

At the age of 27, she was the first female minister in Rajasthan. Kamla has been a minister in Congress governments in Rajasthan since 1954, holding various portfolios, including home, education and agriculture. She was the revenue minister in the Ashok Gehlot government.

She was appointed Governor of Tripura in October 2009. She was the first female governor of any state of Northeast India.[3]A month later, she was appointed as the Governor of Gujarat on 27 November 2009.

Controversies[edit]

Beniwal and many former Congress Ministers and political leaders from Rajasthan were accused in the 1,000-crore Jaipur Development Authority land scam. She was allocated expensive land at low prices on the basis of false affidavits and documents.[4]

Dr Kamla Beniwal had claimed to be a farm labourer putting in 16 hours of work every day for the past 41,000 days according to the records of Kisan Samuhik Krishi Sahakari Samiti Limited (KSKSSL), a cooperative body in Jaipur, based upon which land was allocated to her.[5] The cooperatives registrar of Jaipur passed strong strictures against KSKSSL and in its inquiry concluded that the samiti's claim that they were farm labourers was false, and that the samiti had deliberately and intentionally given false statements.[6][7][8] This issue was raised in Rajya Sabha during the pre-noon sitting which led to stalled proceedings and the House was then adjourned for 15 minutes.[9]

Appointment of Gujarat Lokayukta[edit]

The Lokayukta is a state-level body for monitoring the government, particularly for corruption. In August 2011, Dr Beniwal appointed Justice R A Mehta as the Lokayukta. She did this under Section 3 of the Gujarat Lokayukta Act, 1986, which gives the governor the right to appoint Lokayukta without consulting the government,[10] when there has been an extreme delay in making the appointment. In so doing, Beniwal bypassed the Narendra Modi government of Gujarat, which had been sitting on the matter since 2004.

Justice Mehta had been recommended by the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court in June 2011,[11] but the government did not act on the suggestion. In August, the father of murdered RTI activist Amit Jethwa filed a Public Interest Litigation in the High Court, which then served a show cause notice on the government for the delay in the appointment of Lokayukta. In response, the Gujarat state cabinet set up another committee of five ministers to look into the matter. Opponents of Modi claimed this was "a move to delay the appointment"[12] of an anti-corruption chief, while BJP blamed Congress for playing petty politics.

The unilateral action of the governor was challenged in gujarat high court by Gujarat's government, but on 18th January 2012, Lokyukta's appointment was upheld by court.[13] Next day, Gujarat's government further appealed in Supreme Court of India by filing a special leave petition.[14] On 2nd January 2013, Supreme court too upheld the appointment [15] while noting that the Lokayukta post lying vacant for nine years reflected a "very sorry state of affairs".[16] The bench said "the process of consultation by the Governor with the then Chief Justice stood complete, and in such a situation, the appointment of Justice Mehta cannot be held illegal". It noted that the Governor is bound to act under the advice of the Council of Ministers, but the appointment of Justice Mehta is right as it was done in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court. It also observed that the Governor "has misjudged her role and has insisted that under the Lokayukta Act, the Council of Ministers has no role to play in the appointment of the Lokayukta".[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal Transferred to Mizoram". Patrika Group (in Hindi). Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Kamla Beniwal, 83, is Gujarat governor
  3. ^ NE’s first woman guv
  4. ^ "The Pioneer". Dailypioneer.com. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  5. ^ TNN. "Gujarat governor, Gehlot involved in multi-crore land scam: Somaiya". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "ET report throws further light on Gujarat Governor’s land grab scam". DeshGujarat. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gujarat Guv, ex-Ministers of Cong Kamla Beniwal involved in Rajasthan’s land scam". Bharat Press. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rajasthan Governor Kamla Beniwal accused of acquiring government land illegally". Post.jagran.com. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rajya Sabha adjourned twice after uproar over Gujarat Guv issue". Bharat Press. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Anna man is Gujarat Lokayukta". Times of India. 27 Aug 2011. 
  11. ^ "Is Justice RA Mehta likely to be appointed Gujarat lok ayukta? - India - DNA". Dnaindia.com. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "R.A. Mehta is Gujarat Lokayukta - Yahoo! News India". In.news.yahoo.com. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Setback for Narendra Modi, Gujarat HC upholds Lokayukta's appointment". IBNLive.IN.com. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Gujarat government challenges Lokayukta appointment in SC". IBNLive.IN.com. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Supreme Court upholds Gujarat Lokayukta's appointment". NDTV. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Apex court upholds Justice Mehta’s appointment as Gujarat Lokayukta". TEHELKA. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Setback to Modi as Supreme Court upholds Lokayukta appointment". TheHindu. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2014.