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Jawed Usmani sworn-in as Chief Information Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh

Feb 18, 2015 12:14 IST

Former IAS officer Jawed Usmani was on 17 February 2015 sworn-in as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Uttar Pradesh (UP). The oath of office and secrecy was administered by UP Governor Ram Naik at Raj Bhavan, Lucknow.

He was sworn-in to the office after he took voluntary retirement as Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Board of Revenue.

Jawed Usmani was appointed as UP Chief Information Commissioner in November 2014. But during this appointment, he was the Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Board of Revenue which was not in conformity with the Right to Information Act, 2005.

According to the Right to Information Act, 2005, any person cannot be appointed to this statutory post while he/she is in government service.

Jawed Usmani is a 1978 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and he had served as Secretary in Union Coal Ministry and also served as Joint Secretary to several Prime Ministers including HD Deve Gowda, IK Gujral, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.

In 2012, he had served as Chief Secretary in Uttar Pradesh.

Appointment of State Chief Information Commissioner
As per Chapter IV of Right to Information Act, 2005, the State Chief Information Commissioner is appointed by the Appointments Committee headed by the Chief Minister of the state.

The other members of the committee include the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and one Cabinet Minister nominated by the Chief Minister.

The State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.

They shall not be Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of any State or Union territory, as the case may be, or hold any other office of profit or connected with any political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession.

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