New Delhi: Dce 18; Former Defence Secretary R. K. Mathur has been appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner, is a break from the practice of appointing the head from among the serving Information Commissioners.
The post had fallen vacant after Vijai Sharma completed his tenure on December 1.
"R. K. Mathur has been selected as Chief Information Commissioner," Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told.
Mathur, 62, will have tenure of about three years, till he attains the age of 65 years.
Mathur, a retired IAS officer of Tripura cadre, was made Defence Secretary for a fixed two-year term on May 28, 2013.
Mathur, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and post-graduate from IIT, Delhi, has been Secretary in both the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, and Defence Production and Supplies among other things.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee, which has Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and leader of Congress Party in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjuna Kharge, as its members, had on Wednesday finalised Mathur's name.