Sandhu becomes first woman CIC
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Sep 5: Deepak Sandhu, who has been an information commissioner for the last four years at the Centre, today became the first woman Chief Information Commissioner of the country.
A former Indian Information Service officer of 1971 batch, she was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, attended among others by Vice President Hamid Ansari.
Sandhu had served in many key positions like Principal Director General (Media and Communications) in the Press Information Bureau, Director General of DD (News), Director General (News) All India Radio before taking over as Information Commissioner in 2009.
She had represented the country at international Film Festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Tokyo, International Conference on Terrorism and Electronic Mass Media at Glendzhik (Russia) and Cyprus besides Heads of News Meetings at Atlanta, USA and Beijing.
Speaking to PTI she said the RTI journey which began in 2005 is just a beginning and she propose to take it forward by engaging with various stakeholders.
The new CIC said her priority would be to reduce the pendency of cases at the Commission.
The 64-year old officer is joining office for a relatively smaller tenure of nearly three months in which her biggest challenge would over 30,000 pending cases with the Commission.
"We are waiting for new Commissioners which are likely to be appointed soon. It will ease our burden of disposal of cases and also reduce the pendency at the Commission," she said.
Sandhu will succeed Satyananda Mishra who demitted office after five-years of tenure at the Commission yesterday during which he headed the Bench which declared political parties to be under the ambit of the RTI Act.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 5 Sep 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 6 Sep 2013 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM NATIONAL
'Have Sought Details From Organizers, Haven’t Said No'
Srinagar, Sep 5: Amid much flip-flop, the fate of parallel concert—Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir— ‘reality of Kashmir’, continues to hang in balance as the authorities on Thursday claimed that they have sought ‘some More
- Srinagar City
Srinagar, Sep 5: Dal Lake, which is known for its panoramic beauty has got a new attraction to woo tourists: A motorized Shikara, which looks traditional but is made of fiber-glass. These fiber-boats More
Jammu, Sep 5: Arti (named changed) is not able to recognize people. The only thing she remembers is her name that she could not pronounce properly. Sitting on the veranda of a protection home, being More
- South Asia