Chief Information Commissioner
The government has appointed Sudhir Bhargava as the new Chief Information Commissioner. He will take charge on 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.
- CIC has been functioning with just three members since the former chief and several members completed their tenure last month.
- 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.
- Activists have slammed the government for a lack of transparency in the appointment process, as no details on the shortlist or the search committee have yet been made public.
- At a December 13 hearing of a PIL on vacancies in the State and Central Commissions, the Supreme Court had directed that such details be made available.
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.
The Central Information Commission is a high-powered independent body which inter alia looks into the complaints made to it and decides the appeals. It entertains complaints and appeals pertaining to offices, financial institutions, public sector undertakings, etc., under the Central Government and the Union Territories.