Wednesday, September 29, 2010
CIC AN Tiwari to stay for 3 months
ANUGRAHA NARAYAN TIWARI
IS NEXT CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER
for three months
By R Rajagopalan
Just for three months tenure , the Information Commissioner Anugraha Narayan Tiwari
is the next Chief Information Commissioner
He is succeeding Wajahat Habibullah, ending the uncertainty
over the new chief of the transparency panel.
Official sources said the name of Tiwari, a 1969 batch IAS officer and former Secretary,
Department of Personnel and Training, has been cleared and forwarded to the
President for appointment as successor to Habibullah who demits office on Wednesday.
Born in Navapara district in Orissa, but studied in Allahabad, got into IAS and
allotted Andhra Pradesh cadre of 1969 seniority-but served as Secretary
to Vice President of India Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.
Tiwari said he was informed about the decision last night.
One of the senior-most Information Commissioners, Tiwari joined the
transparency panel on December 26, 2005. In one of the path-breaking
decisions, Tiwari brought the Income Tax returns of political parties under public scrutiny.
As per the provisions of the RTI Act when an Information Commissioner
is appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner the aggregate of
tenure should not exceed five years.