Sunday, August 22, 2010

Selection of the Chief Information Commissioner of Tamil Nadu

Appointment of the new Chief Information Commissioner(CIC) has drawn lot of controversy since the speculation of appointing the Chief Secretary Mr. Sripathi, came into light. Mr. Sripathi had pushed for exemption of directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC) and TNVC from the purview of RTI Act during his tenure as the Vigilance Commissioner of TNVC (Tamilnadu Vigilance Commission). The selection committee for the CIC comprises of Chief Minister, Opposition leader and a Minister appointed by the CM. Noted RTI activist V. Madhav of Association for India's Development, Nityanand Jayaraman of Tamil Nadu Right To Information Campaign and K Saravanan of Corporate Accountability Desk, met Ms. Jayalalitha on Sunday and expressed their concern in unfair nomination as the word was already spreading on the appointment of K.Sripathi as the CIC. Inspection of records of past appointees to the State Information Commission has revealed arbitrary nominations. As the current term of CIC of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Ramakrishnan's term comes to an end this month, RTI Activists' campaign for fair nomination gathered momentum from last month when the local activists started applying for the post of CIC to legally challenge the selection procedure and to bring forth a transparent selection process whereby the candidate with the right credentials get the posting of CIC.

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