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YASHVARDHAN K. SINHA APPOINTED AS NEW CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

YASHVARDHAN K. SINHA APPOINTED AS NEW CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

Context

The Centre will appoint former Indian Foreign Service officer and Information Commissioner Yashvardhan Sinha the new Chief Information Commissioner.

About Yashvardhan Sinha

He is a retired officer of the Indian Foreign Service and has previously served as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and to Sri Lanka. He was appointed as a member of the Central Information Commission in January 2019.

Details

  • Central Information Commission was established by the Central Government in 2005. It was constituted through an Official Gazette Notification under the provisions of the Right to Information Act (2005). Hence, it is not a constitutional body.
  • The Commission consists of a Chief Information Commissioner and not more on the recommendation of a committee consisting of the Prime Minister as Chairperson, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and a Union Cabinet than ten Information Commissioners.
  • They are appointed by the President Minister nominated by the Prime Minister. They should 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 should not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of any State or Union Territory.
  • They should not 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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