Information Commissioner Bimal Julka was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) on 6 March 2020, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Julka as the CIC in the Central Information Commission at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- The transparency watchdog has been functioning without a chief after Sudhir Bhargava retired on January 11 and is at a reduced strength of six information commissioners, against the sanctioned strength of 11 (including the CIC).
- There is a vacancy of five more information commissioners at the commission after Julka’s appointment as the CIC.
- The Central Information Commission has been constituted with effect from 12-10-2005 under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
- The jurisdiction of the Commission extends over all Central Public Authorities.