Selection panel gives recommendations for the posts at CVC and CIC
The three member selection panel which met yesterday at the residence of the Prime Minister arrived at a consensus for the selection of the Chiefs at the Central Information Commission (CIC) and the Central Vigilance Commission. There was no official word regarding the selection, but the leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, who was part of both the selection panels, told after the meeting that all the names against the vacant posts have been sent to the President though he refused to disclose the names. A formal announcement of the names is likely to take place after President Pranab Mukherjee, who is abroad on a five-day visit, returns and gives his assent to the recommendations of the panel. It has been learnt that the selection panel also cleared the names for the three vacant posts of Information Commissioners and also that of the Vigilance Commissioner.
Sources said that the senior most Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma is likely to be new Chief Information Commissioner, while for the post of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, the name of the former CBDT chief KV Chowdary has been recommended by the panel. Vijai Sharma has been working as Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commissioner since 2012 before which he worked as the Environment Secretary. If appointed as Chief Information Commissioner, he would demit the officer on December 2 on attaining the age of 65 and would serve for about six months. KV Chowdary is currently working as the adviser to Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing black money cases. He retired as CBDT chief in October, 2014.