Sushma Singh takes over as Chief Information Commissioner
New Delhi: Former IAS officer Sushma Singh has been appointed as Chief Information Commissioner of Central Information Commission (CIC).
President of India Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office of the Chief Information Commissioner to 64-years old Singh at the Rashtrapati Bhawan today. Singh is the fifth Chief Information Commissioner of the transparency watchdog and the second woman to be appointed to the post of CIC after Deepak Sandhu whose term ended on Wednesday.
A panel comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, and Law Minister Kapil Sibal took the final decision to appoint Singh as the CIC.
Singh joined Indian Administrative Service in 1972 and was allocated Jharkhand cadre. She retired from IAS on May 31, 2009. And, on Sept 23, 2009, she was made Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission. As an IAS officer, Singh has served as Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. She has also served as Secretary in the ministries of Panchayati Raj and Development of the North Eastern Region (DONER).
Besides her, there are eight Information Commissioners — Rajiv Mathur, Vijai Sharma, Basant Seth, Yashovardhan Azad, Sharat Sabharwal, Manjula Prasher, M A Khan Yusufi and Prof Madabhushanam Sridhar Acharyulu — against the commissioned strength of 10.
The CIC is mandated to resolve appeals and complaints filed by information seekers, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, against government departments or public authorities. Satyananda Mishra, A N Tiwari and Wajahat Habibullah have also served as CIC.