New Delhi: Centre on Monday began the selection process for Chief of Central Vigilance Commission and sought applications from eligible candidates including serving and retired bureaucrats, besides private persons.
As per the guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) today, a CVC or VC is appointed from persons who have been or are in an all India Services (IAS, IPS and IFoS) or in any civil service of the Union or in a civil post having knowledge and experience in the matters relating to vigilance, policy making and administration including police administration among others.
Besides, a person who has held office or are holding office in a corporation established by or under any Central Act or a Government company owned or controlled by the Central Government and persons who have expertise and experience in finance including insurance and banking, law, vigilance and investigations are also eligible for the appointments.
These persons must have held or is holding the position of Chairman, Managing Director or Chief Executive Officer of a Schedule A Central Public Sector Enterprise and have served as a whole time Director on the Board for a period of at least three years are eligible to apply, the guidelines said.
"All the applicants should be of outstanding merit and impeccable integrity and should have knowledge and at least 25 years of experience in the relevant field," the DoPT said.
Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar and Vigilance Commissioner J M Garg had demitted office on completion of their tenure last month.
The case pertaining to lack of transparency in the appointment of the Central Vigilance Commissioner and Vigilance Commissioners in the country's anti-corruption body is under consideration of the Supreme Court and the Centre had assured it that no final decision would be taken during the pendency of the case.
The last date of sending application to the DoPT is
November 5. All those persons who had applied or whose names have been sponsored or nominated in response to DoPT's earlier letter issued in July are also required to apply afresh.
The CVC is headed by a Central Vigilance Commissioner and has two Vigilance Commissioners. Rajiv, former Director General of Central Industrial Security Force, who was working as the lone commissioner in the CVC, was recently authorised by the President to act as Central Vigilance Commissioner in the wake of vacancy at the top post.
As per rules, the appointment of the CVC and VC is done by the President on the basis of recommendation of a three-member selection committee headed by Prime Minister and comprising Home Minister and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha as members.
"The Leader of the Opposition in the House of the People shall, when no such leader has been so recognised, include the leader of the single largest group in opposition of the Government in the House of the People," said the guidelines.
There is no recognised LoP in Lok Sabha at present.
Congress, being the second-biggest party in the House, has been denied the post on the grounds that it does not have the minimum number of MPs needed for it.
Congress has 44 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha, but the party fell short by 11 MPs in staking a claim to the LoP's post, which requires a minimum strength of 55 members. BJP has the highest number of 282 MPs in the Lower House.
The post of Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission (CIC) is also lying vacant. Chief Information Commissioner Rajiv Mathur had completed his tenure on August 22.
The CIC chief is appointed by the President upon the recommendation of a three-member selection committee headed by the Prime Minister and comprising the LoP and a Union Cabinet Minister nominated by the Prime Minister.