The Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has finally found its CEO. Rakesh Kumar, who is currently a senior Divisional Personnel Officer in the Indian Railways Personnel Service (IRPS) in Vadodara has been chosen as the new CEO for three years. He steps into the shoes of former CEO Pankaja Thakur, who completed her three year term on 20 September 2013.
Press Information Bureau (PIB) Mumbai director Manish Desai had been given additional responsibility as CEO following Thakur's departure. The CBFC had been CEO-less for almost a decade and had been run by its chairpersons until Thakur joined in 2010.
Kumar was selected after a long process for which the CBFC received many applications. About five to seven officials were shortlisted to be interviewed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and CBFC chairperson Leela Samson.
Kumar is on a Central Stopping Deputation, which means he will be on deputation to the CBFC for three years, and after that he may resume his current job.