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Vijai Sharma appointed as Chief Information Commissioner of India

Jun 9, 2015 16:33 IST

Vijai Sharma was on 8 June 2015 appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission (CIC), New Delhi. He will have tenure of 5 years or till he attain the age of 65, whichever is earlier.

Prior to this appointment, he was serving as an Information Commissioner in Central Information Commission since 2012.  Vijai Sharma is a 1974 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre.

He has rich work experience in Administration & Governance and Law & Policy in Central and State Governments and in the United Nations.

Vijai Sharma’s name for post of Chief Information Commissioner was finalized on 1 June 2015 by Selection Committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His appointment was further approved by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The President also appointed 1978-batch IRS officer KV Chowdary as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).

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.
• He enjoys complete financial and administrative powers of a Department of the Union Government except in matters relating to the creation of posts, re-appropriation and writing-off losses.
• 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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