Correct Answer : Option (C) - Ajay Bhushan Pandey
The government has appointed former finance secretary "Ajay Bhushan Pandey" as chairman of the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) for a period of three years.
Pandey, a 1984-batch Maharashtra cadre IAS officer, retired as revenue secretary in February last year.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of former revenue secretary ABP Pandey as the chairperson of NFRA for a period of three years from the date of assumption of charge or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, sources said.
Prior to becoming revenue secretary, he was chief executive of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
Post retirement, Pandey headed a committee to revisit the criteria for determining the economically weaker sections to provide them reservation.
Other members of the panel were member secretary of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) V K Malhotra and principal economic advisor to the government Sanjeev Sanyal.
The government has also appointed former Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General Praveen Kumar Tiwari, a retired Indian Audit and Accounts Service officer of 1985 batch, and Smita Jhingran (IRS 1986), Principal Director General at Central Board of Direct Taxes, as full time members of NFRA.
The NFRA acts as an independent regulator for the auditing profession. The body has powers to review financial statement of companies, can seek explanations and probe irregularities with respect to accounting and auditing issues.
The setting up of the NFRA, envisaged under the Companies Act, 2013, was approved by the Cabinet in May 2018..Source : Times Of India