Among the three whole-time members, the current tenures of Prashant Saran and Rajeev Kumar Agarwal end this year, while that of S Raman will end in 2017. The term of the current SEBI chairman UK Sinha ends next week on February 17 and a search process was initiated to find his successor in August last year.

As per reports, the government has shortlisted three names, although there has been no official word on the same as yet.

Sinha, a 1976 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, assumed office as the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Chairman on February 18, 2011 when the previous UPA government was in the power.

While Sinha was initially appointed with a three-year term, he was later given a two-year extension. As per his age, Sinha is eligible for a one-year extension.

In the latest development, the Finance Ministry has now kick-started the process for filling up "one vacancy of Whole Time Member in SEBI".

While the Ministry did not specify whom the new person would replace on SEBI board, the tenure of Saran would end before that of Agarwal among the two retiring this year.

The Member would have an option to receive pay as admissible to an Additional Secretary to the Government of India, or a consolidated salary of Rs 3,75,000 per month.

The Chairman gets an option to receive pay as admissible to a Secretary to the Government of India, or a consolidated salary of Rs 4.5 lakh per month.

Inviting applications, the Finance Ministry said in a notification that the Member would be appointed for a five-year period or up to the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. Besides, he would be eligible for re-appointment.

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