Govt clears name of ex- IFS officer YK Sinha for chief information commissioner

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NEW DELHI: The government has cleared the name of ex- IFS officer and former Indian High Commissioner to

Sri Lanka

and UK,

Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha

, for the post of

chief information commissioner

in the Central Information Commission. Sinha is currently serving as one of the information commissioners in the CIC.
The file with names recommended by the PM led selection committee for the post of CIC and three Information Commissioners has been sent to the President of India for approval. A notification is expected soon.
It is learnt that the names of deputy CAG

Saroj Punhani

and Ahmedabad based veteran journalist

Uday Mahurkar

have been recommended by the selection committee for appointment as ICs.
The CIC has been without a chief since August 27 when the previous incumbent Bimal Julka retired. In the Commission that can have up to 10 commissioners besides the chief, five posts of information commissioners are also currently vacant. The CIC has been working with 5 information commissioners.
With Sinha’s name cleared for chief, and three new ICs to be appointed, there will now be seven ICs in the Commission.
The PM-led selection committee had first met on October 7 to consider the names recommended by the search committee for the post of the chief and vacant IC posts in CIC. However, the meeting was inconclusive and a second round of meeting was held later last week where the names were finalised and the recommendations sent to the President of India for approval.

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