“State government has appointed Computer Baba, resident of Gommat Giri Ashram, Indore, as chairman of ‘Ma Narmada, Ma Kshipra and Ma Mandaknini Nadi Nyas (River Trust)’ till further orders. The appointment will be effective with immediate effect,” read an order issued by the Spiritual department of MP government on Saturday. Computer Baba, shot to fame after he was given status of a cabinet minister by the former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the 5-member committee on Narmada riverconservation. He later quit the panel after differences with the BJP.
The state government order did not specify the political or constitutional status of Computer Baba and whether he will enjoy the status equivalent to a cabinet minister or minister of state. Computer Baba has also clarified that a few more things were yet to be decided, but that would be done after Lok Sabha elections.
“I am thankful to Congress president Rahul Gandhiand CM Kamal Nath for assigning me this work. I have decided to begin the task as soon as possible though there are some complications due to Lok Sabha elections. I would focus on the conservation of three rivers and check illegal mining and pollution,” Computer Baba told TOI.
Baba, who was appointed by the previous BJP government to a five-member committee to suggest ways to conserve river Narmada in April 2018, had turned against the then CM Chouhan after his demand for a ticket for assembly elections was denied by the BJP.