Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik Monday approved the name of former chief secretary and serving IAS officer Jawed Usmani for appointment as next Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), five days after he had returned returned the file for the same asking the state government to submit vigilance clearance.
The vigilance report was sent to Raj Bhawan Friday. The Governor, who had sought clearance from Central Vigilance Commission as well, took the opinion of legal experts before clearing Usmani’s name and sent the file for further action by the department concerned.
With Governor clearing his name, Usmani, a 1978-batch officer, would have to take voluntary retirement from service before taking charge as CIC. As per the rules laid for appointment of CIC, no one serving on any post in the government can take up charge of the post. Usmani, 58, is due to retire in January 2016.
“I will apply for the voluntary retirement after government notification,” Usmani said speaking to The Indian Express.
Asked about his new role, Usmani said, “My first endeavour would be to ensure transparency in working of the government through proper implementation of the Right to Information Act.”