President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Bimal Julka as the Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission (CIC). The oath ceremony was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Earlier, Julka was working as Information Commissioner but later he was promoted as the Chief Information Commissioner. Sudhir Bhargava was the former CIC of the country.
Bimal Julka as CIC
A Rashtrapati Bhavan release said that President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office of CIC to the Central Information Commission in a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The post of the head of the commission was vacant after Sudhir Bhargava retired on January 11. The Commission has 11 sanctioned posts of Information Commissioners including (CIC). There are currently six Information Commissioners.
About Bimal Julka
Bimal Julka was born on August 27, 1955. He was serving as the Director of the Department of Industrial Development under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry before the role of Information Commissioner. Earlier, he was working as the Commissioner of Public Relations with the Government of Madhya Pradesh. He has served various posts during his entire career including Secretary to the Government of India under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Central Information Commission
The Central Information Commission was established by the Central Government in the year 2005 under the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005. The role of this commission is very important in maintaining transparency in the governance work of a healthy democracy. The central government tries to prevent misuse of power, control corruption and nepotism.
The Central Information Commission can investigate complaints received from any person. There are several superintendents, directors, and management of the commission that are handled by the Chief Commissioner. Information Commissioners are there to assist the Chief Information Commissioner. The Information Commission submits its annual report to the Central Government on the implementation of the Right to Information Act. This Commission presents its report in both houses of Parliament.
Work and Powers of CIC
It can order an investigation of any rational case. It can receive a complaint from a person and get that complaint investigated. It can scrutinize the records of any government office under it. This commission has the power of a civil court during the investigation.