SUDHIR BHARGAVA – NEW CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER
The government has appointed Sudhir Bhargava as the new Chief Information Commissioner. He took charge from January 1. Four new members have also been appointed to the Central Information Commission (CIC), taking its total strength to seven. Four vacancies still remain.
The CIC is the highest appeal body under the Right to Information Act. It has been functioning with just three members since the former chief and several members completed their tenure last month.
Mr. Bhargava, a former Secretary to the Ministry of Social Justice, will be sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday. He has been a Commissioner since June 2015, and will take over as the ninth chief of the CIC. Like all of his predecessors, he is a retired bureaucrat. The previous chiefs have all been from Central service — IAS, IPS and IIS — backgrounds.
All four of the new Commissioners are also retired senior bureaucrats.
- Yashwardhan Kumar Sinha was High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom,
- while Vanaja N. Sarna was chief of the Central Board of Excise and Customs.
- Suresh Chandra retired as Union Law secretary earlier this year,
- while Neeraj Kumar Gupta was Secretary in the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management.
Central Information Commission includes 1 Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and not more than 10 Information Commissioners (IC) who are appointed by the President of India.
- The first Chief Information Commissioner of India was Wajahat Habibullah.
- First woman Chief Information Commissioner was Deepak Sandhu.
- 8th CIC was RADHA KRISHNA MATHUR.