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Christian Officer appointed as new Central Vigilance Commissioner of India

P. J. Thomas pictured in his office

The previous Telecom Secretary of India, Mr. P. J. Thomas, a committed Christian, was appointed as the 14th Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) of India on Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

The President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil, administered the oath of office to Thomas at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan (House of the President) in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Vice President, Hamid Ansari, Home Minister, P. Chidambaram, Law Minister, M. Veerappa Moily, Chief Information Commissioner, Wajahat Habibullah, and Cabinet Secretary, K. M. Chandrasekhar, were also among those present at the swearing-in ceremony.

Thomas succeeded Pratyush Sinha, who has left his post after a four-year tenure as the CVC.

Mr. Thomas has held important assignments in Kerala state as Secretary in Finance, Industry, Agriculture, Law and Justice and Human Resource Development Departments. He was the founder director of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, Kerala State.

He became the Kerala Chief Secretary in 2007 and moved to the Central government as Secretary in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in January, 2009. Later he went on to become the Telecom Secretary.

James Varghese

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  1. Ariel_Angel

    November 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    What is a Central Vigilance Commissioner ? And what does he do ? I am interested in knowing if he can help in any way with child prostitution there and also to know the answer to my first questions. Thanks for your contributions. Please leave your email address if we might be able to share more stories and to keep me up to date on the situation and plight of the children of India. We are all God’s children and I feel a strong calling to help more children. I got more help to the children in a village just for the sex trade in Cambodia by writing to Christian missions and news networks who aired stories about it too. God bless.

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