Shri Vijai Sharma

Information Commissioner
Room No.4, Club Building,
Old JNU Campus
New Delhi - 110 067.
Phone: - 011 - 26106140
E-mail : - vijai(dot)sharma[at]nic(dot)in

Curriculum Vitae

Name Vijai Sharma
Date of Birth 2nd December 1950
Education Qualification
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, Harvard University, USA
  • LL.M., University College London, UK
  • LL.B., Lucknow University
  • B.Sc., Lucknow University
Area of Eminence (a) Administration and Governance, and (b) Law
  • Expert Member, National Green Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi

  • Public Service in I.A.S. : Recent posting was as Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Environment & Forests (2008-10). Worked as Joint Secretary (1995-2001) in the same Ministry. Growing public interest in sustainability issues led to engage civil society productively and resolve information bottlenecks. As Additional/ Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat (2005-08), apart from servicing the Cabinet and its Committees, improved public service delivery systems, e.g., the procedures for renewal and issuance of passports. Was Secretary to State Government of UP for Environment, Housing and Energy. Had assignments in agricultural financing, cooperative banking and manufacturing. Also had a posting in the United Nations Environment Programme.

  • Law : Education in law at University College London and Harvard Law School. Was instrumental in formulating the system for international emission trading and the Clean Development Mechanism as Coordinator & Spokesperson for the “Group of 77 & China” in the Kyoto Protocol debate (1995-2001). In the early years did district/sub-division court-work painstakingly. Posted to the State Chief Secretary’s Branch for personnel and Cabinet matters (1979-81).

  • Information : The jurisprudence of right-based information, including exemption from disclosure issues, was handled during stint in the Cabinet Secretariat when the RTI Act was taking off. Later, as Secretary, Environment & Forests, deployed technology effectively to enhance transparency, accountability and access to information.

  • Major Initiatives some transformational, as illustrated by the following :
    • Wrote White Paper for Controlling Pollution in Delhi : for converting the public transport system from conventional fuels to CNG (1997).

    • International Processes : Conceived and drafted the U.N Guidelines for compliance with and enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (2001), and the Delhi Ministerial Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development (2002).

    • Institutions set up : the National Environmental Appellate Authority (1997), the National Ganga River Basin Authority (2009) and the National Green Tribunal (2010).

    • India’s Profile : the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in New Delhi (2002) and the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad (2012) resulted from the personal initiative.

    • Law and Policy : Drafted statutory norms for biomedical, plastics and solid wastes, noise, hazardous substances and chemical accidents, environmental clearances, coastal management housing policy for U.P, and protocol for managing government lands.

  • Publications : Wrote op-ed articles for leading dailies and co-authored The Forts of India (Collins London,1986) and The Forts of Bhundelkhand (Rupa & Co., 2006).