Indian American to be appointed to US advisory committee

United States President Donald Trump has announced his intent to appoint Prem Parameswaran, an Indian American, to a presidential advisory committee. Parameswaran has emerged the only Indian American among the 12 members the president intents to appoint to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

According to a White House release, other members, the president intendeds to appoint to the panel are Michelle Park as co-chair, Paul Hsu as co-chair; Jennifer Carnahan, David B. Cohen, Grace Y Lee, George Leing, Jan-Ie Low, Herman Martir, Amata Coleman Radewagen, Sean D Reyes and Chiling Tong. Only on Thursday, it emerged that Raja Krishnamoorthy, an Indian-American Democratic lawmaker of Tamil origin, was appointed as a member of a Congressional committee on intelligence. Thanks to this appointment, he has become the first South Asian to serve in the powerful body tasked to strengthen America's national security.

The 45-year-old represents Illinois's 8th congressional district in the House. Krishnamoorthy was chosen along with Congresswoman Val Demings of Florida, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York and Peter Welch of Vermont as the four new Democratic members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for the 116th Congress. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi appointed Krishnamoorthi Wednesday. The HPSCI is tasked with overseeing the activities and budget of the 17 intelligence agencies of the US.

According to Pelosi, "Our new members of the Intelligence Committee bring exceptional judgment, expertise and determination to our mission to honour that oath and, guided by the strong, principled leadership of Chairman Adam Schiff, will restore the long tradition of bipartisanship and integrity of this critical committee.