President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed former National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief Sharad Kumar (62) as vigilance commissioner in Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). He will have term of four years or till he attains the age of 65. Sharad Kumar was IPS officer 1979-batch from Haryana cadre. He had retired in September 2017 after heading NIA for over four years.
Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)
CVC is an apex probity watchdog of Union Government formed to address governmental corruption. It was set up by Central Government in February 1964 on the recommendations of K. Santhanam Committee on Prevention of Corruption. It has status of statutory autonomous body and free of control from any executive authority as per the provisions of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act, 2003.
Functions: It monitors all vigilance activity under Union Government and advises various authorities in Union Government organizations in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work. Union Government has authorized CVC as “Designated Agency” to receive written complaints for disclosure on any allegation of corruption or misuse of office and recommend appropriate action.
Composition: CVC is headed by Central Vigilance Commissioner and has two Vigilance Commissioners. They are appointed by President on recommendations of select committee comprising of Prime Minister as Chairperson, Union Minister of Home Affairs and Leader of second largest party in Lok Sabha or majority group leader in parliament.