Sharad Kumar, former NIA chief, has been appointed as the vigilance commissioner in the probity watchdog Central Vigilance Commissioner by president Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday.
The 62-year-old Sharad Kumar is a 1979 batch IPS officer of the Haryana cadre. He had retired as a chief of the NIA (National Investigation Agency), in September 2017 after serving the organization for 4 years.
He will hold his post for a term of four years or till he attains 65 years of age. The commission comprises central vigilance commissioner and two vigilance commissioners. At present, K V Chaudhary is the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and T M Bhasin is the other vigilance commissioner.
Kumar is already 62, which leaves him with less than three years in his new role.
Central Vigilance Commission(CVC)
CVC is an apex probity watchdog of Union govt formed to address governmental corruption. It was established in the year 1964, aiming to address corrupt practices within the govt. CVC works in coordination with the govt. authorities for the betterment of the system.
- The main purpose of its establishment was the prevention of corruption on the recommendations of K. Santhanam Committee.
- CVC is an autonomous body, which is responsible for monitoring all vigilance activities under the Union Govt.
- CVC advises various authorities in Union govt organizations in planning, executing, reforming and reviewing their vigilance work.
- The central govt is required to consult the CVC in making rules and regulations governing the vigilance and disciplinary matters relating to the members of central services and All India services.
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