Praveen Kumar Srivastava Sworn In as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC)

Praveen Kumar Srivastava took the oath as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) on May 29, Monday. President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath to Srivastava, as stated by the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Previously, Srivastava had been serving as the acting Central Vigilance Commissioner since December. He took over the role after the tenure of Suresh N Patel, the former chief of the probity watchdog, came to an end.

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  • Praveen Kumar Srivastava took the oath as the Central Vigilance Commissioner at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • The President administered the oath to Srivastava, who pledged to fulfill his duties in the presence of various dignitaries including Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The Central Vigilance Commission is led by a CVC and can have a maximum of two vigilance commissioners.
  • Currently, there is a vacancy for one vigilance commissioner, while former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Arvinda Kumar serves as the sole vigilance commissioner.

About Praveen Kumar Srivastava

  • Praveen Kumar Srivastava, a retired officer of the IAS from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, joined the Central Vigilance Commission as the Central Vigilance Commissioner.
  • He brings extensive experience from his previous roles, including serving as the secretary (Coordination) in the Cabinet Secretariat until his superannuation on January 31 of the previous year.
  • During his tenure in the Ministry of Home Affairs as special secretary and additional secretary, Srivastava handled important responsibilities such as the management of the IPS cadre, overseeing personnel, and general administration of the CAPFs and Union territories.
  • In his previous roles, Srivastava played a significant role in trade negotiations related to services at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as director/deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. He has also served as the Chief Vigilance Officer in RITES Ltd and held the positions of joint secretary and Mission Director in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)

  • The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is an apex governmental body in India that addresses issues of corruption and malpractices in the public sector.
  • It was established in 1964 based on the recommendations of the Santhanam Committee on the Prevention of Corruption.
  • The CVC operates as an independent entity responsible for promoting integrity and transparency in government organizations.
  • The primary role of the CVC is to inquire into allegations of corruption against public servants and recommend appropriate action. It acts as a supervisory authority for the vigilance administration and exercises superintendence over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in corruption cases.
  • The CVC plays a crucial role in ensuring accountability and probity in public administration, fostering a culture of honesty and ethical behavior, and preventing corruption in government organizations. It strives to uphold the principles of good governance and works towards creating a clean and transparent environment for effective public service delivery.


  • The CVC is headed by the Central Vigilance Commissioner, who is appointed by the President of India on the advice of a committee consisting of the Prime Minister, the Home Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
  • The CVC can have a maximum of two vigilance commissioners who assist the Commissioner in carrying out the commission’s functions.
  • The term of the Central Vigilance Commissioner and vigilance commissioner is four years or until they reach the age of 65 years, whichever comes first.


Who was the first Central Vigilance Commissioner?

The first Central Vigilance Commissioner of India was Nittoor Srinivasa Rau. He assumed office on February 11, 1964, when the CVC was established. Nittoor Srinivasa Rau served as the Central Vigilance Commissioner for a period of four years, contributing to the initial establishment and functioning of the commission. His appointment laid the foundation for the role and responsibilities of the Central Vigilance Commissioner in combating corruption and promoting transparency in the Indian public sector.

What is the difference between CBI and CVC?

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is India’s premier investigative agency responsible for probing major crimes, corruption, and economic offenses across the country. It has nationwide jurisdiction. CBI works under the overall supervision of the CVC in matters related to the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. On the other hand, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is an independent statutory body that focuses on vigilance and anti-corruption measures within government departments and organizations. The CVC ensures transparency and accountability in government functioning, conducts inquiries, and advises on vigilance-related matters. While the CBI investigates specific cases, the CVC works towards preventing corruption and promoting integrity in the government. Both entities play crucial roles in maintaining law and order and upholding ethical standards in India.


  • Shubham Mittal

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