Arvind Saxena has been appointed to serve as the acting Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) from June 20, 2018.
The announcement was made through a government order, which read that Saxena will perform the duties of the post of Chairman, UPSC with effect from June 20 till further orders or till completion of his tenure on August 7, 2020.
Saxena, a UPSC member, would be succeeding incumbent Vinay Mittal who completes his term on June 19.
About Arvind Saxena
• Arvind Saxena is a 1978-batch Indian Postal Service officer. He worked as Divisional Head of Postal Services at Bharatpur and Kota, covering the districts of Bharatpur, Dhoulpur, Kota, Jhalawar and Baran in Rajasthan.
• He was brought to Delhi in 1982 to take over as Officer on Special Duty, in-charge of arrangements for postal services for the IX Asian Games and the 7th Non-Aligned Summit Meet.
• He later took over as Philately Officer at the Postal Directorate in New Delhi and subsequently as OSD for modernisation of the Stamps and Seals Factory in Aligarh.
• He was posted as Director, Mail Planning Operations at Bombay, looking after mail arrangements in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh before being selected as Principal of the prestigious P&T Training Centre at Saharanpur, U.P.
• He also underwent a program for trainers at the University of Manchester in the UK.
• He joined the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) of the Cabinet Secretariat in 1988 and specialised in study of strategic developments in neighbouring countries.
• Served in five countries and Jammu & Kashmir, he travelled extensively, attaining domain specialisation in developments relating to China, Pakistan and other regional countries as well as economic, military, international terrorism and supply and transport issues.
• He took over as Special Secretary in-charge of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC) in 2014, where he continued until he was appointed as a member of UPSC on May 8, 2015.
• When he was appointed as a member of the UPSC, he had become the first RAW officer to be named to the commission.
• The UPSC is a 10-member body besides a Chairperson. It currently comprises Chairperson Vinay Mittal and members - Arvind Saxena, Pradeep Kumar, Bhim Sain Bassi, Air Marshal AS Bhonsle, Sujata Mehta, Manoj Soni, Smita Nagaraj and M. Sathiyavathy.
• As per Article 316 of the constitution, the Chairman and members of UPSC are appointed and removed by President.
• In case the office of the Chairman becomes vacant his duties shall be performed by one of the other members of the Commission as the President may appoint for the purpose.
• The term of UPSC chairman and members is six years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
• Under Article 320 of the Constitution of India, the Commission is required to be consulted on all matters relating to recruitment to civil services and posts.
• The commission conducts civil services examination annually in three stages -preliminary, main and interview -to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.
Other functions of the Commission include:
• Framing and amendment of recruitment rules for various services and posts under the Government.
• Hearing disciplinary cases relating to different civil services.
• Advising the Government on any matter referred to the Commission by the President of India.