The Central government has appointed Information Commissioner and former IAS officer, Bimal Julka as the new Chief Information Commissioner of India.
The government has also appointed Ms. Amita Pandove, former Member of Punjab Civil Services Commission, as an Information Commissioner in the CIC with effect from this afternoon.
Both of them were administered oath by the President today, at an event held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning.
The office of the CIC had been lying vacant since the retirement of former CIC, Sudhir Bhargava on January 11, 2020. With both these appointments, the office of CIC has reached the strength of seven Commissioners, as against the sanctioned strength of 11 (including the CIC).
As per the CIC website, the positions held by Julka in the past include:
- Director, Department of Industrial Development, Ministry of Commerce and Industry
- Commissioner, Public Relations, Government of Madhya Pradesh
- Director, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India
- Commissioner, Gwalior Division, Madhya Pradesh
- Joint Secretary (G/Air), Ministry of Defence, Government of India
- Resident Commissioner, Government of Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi
- Additional Secretary and Director General (Currency), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, New Delhi
- Additional Secretary/Special Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
- Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
- He has been participating in various important fora pertaining to Media and Entertainment Sector organized by Industry Associations like CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM, etc.