Chief Information Commissioner
Room No.306, II Floor,
August Kranti Bhavan
Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi - 110 066.
Phone: - 011 - 26717355 E-mail : - vijaisharma[at]nic(dot)in
Date of Birth
2nd December 1950
LL.M., Harvard Law School, Harvard University, USA
LL.M., University College London, UK
LL.B., Lucknow University
Experience and Assignments
Joined the I.A.S. in 1974; Uttar Pradesh cadre. Work experience in Administration & Governance and Law & Policy in Central and State Governments, and United Nations.
Member (Expert), National Green Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi;
Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Environment & Forests;
Additional/Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India;
Special Adviser to Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme; Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development;
Joint Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Environment & Forests;
Secretary/ Principal Secretary to Government of U.P., Environment/ Vigilance/ Housing/ Elections/ Energy Departments;
Chairperson, U.P. State Pollution Control Board; Chief Electoral Officer, U.P.;
Registrar Cooperatives U.P., Administrator U.P. State Cooperative Bank and Land Development Bank /Relief Commissioner U.P.;
District Magistrate of Jhansi/ Moradabad/ Meerut.
Institutional Initiatives: include the National Environmental Appellate Authority (1997); White Paper for Controlling Pollution in Delhi (1997); the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in New Delhi (2002); the National Ganga River Basin Authority (2009); the National Green Tribunal (2010).
Law and Policy: drafted statutory norms for biomedical, plastics and solid wastes, noise, hazardous substances and chemical accidents, environmental clearances, and coastal management. Also drafted U.P. state housing policy and protocol for managing government lands.
International Processes: 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). 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 negotiations (1995-2001).
Publications: Op-ed articles; co-authored The Forts of India (Collins London, 1986) and The Forts of Bundelkhand (Rupa & Co., 2006).