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Vigilance Commissioner - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Vigilance Commissioner


What’s in news?

Sanjay Kothari, a retired IAS officer, appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner.

Key data’s:

  • President Ram Nath Kovind administered Sanjay Kothari the Oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Sanjay Kothari, the secretary to the President, now appointed as the head of the country’s anti-corruption watchdog CVC.
  • He succeeds K V Chowdary – retired after his tenure got over in June last year.
  • Kapil Dev Tripathi, a 1980-batch IAS (retired) officer now replaces Kothari, and appointed as the secretary to the President of India.
  • During the ceremony, Social Distancing was maintained strictly.

About Sanjay Kothari:

  • Kothari, a 1978-batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, retired in June 2016 as secretary, department of personnel and training.
  • In November 2016, he was appointed as the chief of the government’s head-hunter — the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB).
  • In 2017, he became the secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Data to know:

Central Vigilance Commission (CVC):

  • Established year: It is an independent body which is only responsible to the Parliament not to any Ministries / Department established in 1964.
  • Statutory status: The CVC got its statutory status in 2003 through CVC Act passed by the Parliament.
  • Composition: The Commission is consisted a chairperson and not more than two Member.
    • Chairperson – Central Vigilance Commissioner
    • Member – Vigilance Commissioner
  • Appointment: Both the Chairman and the Members are appointed by the President on the recommendations of a Selection Committee.
  • Selection committee: The committee comprises;
    • Chairperson – Prime Minister
    • Members – The Minister of Home Affairs and the Leader of the Opposition in the House of the People
  • Tenure: The term of office for both the Chairman and the Members four yearsfrom the date on which they enter their office or till they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
  • Type of Agency: It is not an investigating agency – the investigation done through the CBI or through chief vigilance officers (CVO) in government offices. CVC receives complaints on corruption or misuse of office and to recommend appropriate action.

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