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The Modi government is looking for a new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). We learn that there are 40 serious contenders for the post. The position has been lying vacant since September last year and the Commission is virtually being run by its Secretary, Alok Kumar, a 1984-batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. A strong contender is Devender Sikri, a retired 1975-batch IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre. He has served as Secretary, Law & Justice. Sikri has also served in Home and Women and Child Development. His Gujarat connection is an added advantage. Also in the running is Arun Kumar Jain, a 1977-batch Nagaland-cadre IAS officer, retired as Secretary, Women and Child Development. Arun has vast experience of serving in Home, Prasar Bharti and Heavy Industries. His expertise in finance is an additional advantage. Arun is also known for his impeccable integrity. Pankaj Jain, another contender, is a retired 1978-batch IAS officer of the J&K cadre and former Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation. Pankaj is considered a fast-track officer. Vishwapati Trivedi (1977, IAS, MP cadre) who retired as Secretary, Shipping, in November 2014 is also in the race. Trivedi has served in Finance, Commerce, Civil Aviation and Home Affairs. There’s GC Chaturvedi, former Petroleum Secretary (1977) and currently serving as Member, Warehousing Development Regulatory Authority. Then there is Amarjeet Singh Lamba, a retired 1977-batch officer who was appointed Member of Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) in 2013. He has also served as Secretary, DONER, and Special Secretary, Agriculture. One wonders who will be the chosen one! Files are piling up and major decisions have to be taken. So the government needs a new CVC.

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