New Delhi: Retired IAS officer Sanjay Kothari took oath as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) on Saturday, a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
"At a ceremony held today at 10.30 hrs at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Shri Sanjay Kothari was sworn in as the Central Vigilance Commissioner. He made and subscribed the oath of his office before the President," the statement read.
Kothari has been the Secretary to the President and was earlier selected as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He was selected with majority votes.
CVC is the anti-corruption watchdog with autonomous status. It is free of control from any executive authority. It also has the responsibility of monitoring all vigilance activities in the central government.
Kothari, a 1978 batch (retired) IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind at the event which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and others senior officials.
The attendees at the oath-taking ceremony were seen following COVID-19 protocols and ensured social distancing. The chairs of the attendees were kept apart. PM Modi was seen with a "gamcha" covering his face while other guests were seen wearing face masks.
Know Details About Sanjay Kothari
Kothari with a Master’s Degree in Physics and Master in Business Administration from the United Kingdom has worked as a District Magistrate in Gurgaon, Home Secretary in Union Territory of Chandigarh and Chairman, Managing Director, Director and Secretary in Haryana Tourism. He has also served as Secretary, Revenue and Rehabilitation, Personnel, Health, Cultural Affairs and Public Relations in Haryana.
In the Government of India, he has worked in the Ministry of Tourism, Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances and Pension Departments. In 2014 he was appointed as the Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training. He has also spent about fifteen years in the field of tourism, both at Centre and State level.
(With Agency Inputs)