Former IB Chief Rajiv Mathur took over as the new Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission. He was administered the oath of office by President
64-year-old Mr. Mathur succeeds Sushma Singh, who demitted office, as the sixth chief of the transparency watchdog. His name was recommended by a three-member selection panel headed by outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“My priority would be to reduce pendency of appeals and complaints, and to strengthen RTI apparatus. One of the priorities of the Commission would be to ensure adherence of Section 4 of RTI Act (which mandates public authorities to disclose information related to their working in public domain) by various government departments,. There are about 14,000 appeals and complaints pending with the CIC, he said.
He will have a tenure till August 23rd, when he attains 65 years of age. According to rules, CIC is appointed either for a maximum of five-year term or till 65 years of age, whichever is earlier.