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Sudhir Bhargava takes oath as Chief Information Commissioner

Following the swearing-in of Bhargava, newly-appointed Information Commissioners Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, Vanaja N Sarna, Neeraj Kumar Gupta and Suresh Chandra were administered the oath of office of the Information Commissioner of CIC by the Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava.

Jan 2, 2019 16:27 IST
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Sudhir Bhargava on January 1, 2019 took oath as the Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission (CIC).

Bhargava was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind. Prior to this, Bhargava was working as the Information Commissioner in the CIC.

Swearing-in of four Information Commissioners

Following the swearing-in of Bhargava, newly-appointed Information Commissioners Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, Vanaja N Sarna, Neeraj Kumar Gupta and Suresh Chandra were administered the oath of office of the Information Commissioner of CIC by the Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava.

Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha is a 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service (retired) officer who served as the Indian high commissioner in the United Kingdom. On the other hand, Neeraj Kumar Gupta is a 1982-batch IAS office who retired as a Secretary from the Department Of Investment and Public Asset Management.

Vanaja N Sarna is the only woman to be a part of the CIC. Sarna is a 1980-batch retired Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central excise) officer.

Note

With the induction of the Chief Information Commissioner and 4 Information Commissioners, the total number of Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission including Chief Information Commissioner has now gone up to 7.

Supreme Court’s ruling on appointment of Information Commissioners

The appointments came weeks after the Supreme Court had on December 13, 2018 asked the Centre and states to maintain transparency in appointments of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (IC).

The court had asked the government to disclose the process for appointment of Commissioners, including the names of candidates who applied and who were shortlisted.

About Chief Information Commissioner


The Chief Information Commissioner is appointed by the President of India on the recommendation of a selection committee comprising of Prime Minister, the leader of single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha and a Union Cabinet Minister.

He holds the office for a term of 5 years or till he attains the age of 65 years. He is not eligible for reappointment.

The Office of Central and State Information Commission was established under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, 2005 as a designated statutory authority to receive and inquire into a complaint from any person.

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