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Thursday, July 1, 2010

No transparency in selection of information commissioners: Arvind Kejriwal

Names received by DoPT do not make it to the selection committee
Danish Raza | June 30 2010

The applications received by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) for the post of information commissioners (ICs) do not make it to the selection committee comprising of the prime minister, leader of the opposition and a cabinet minister. This, despite the fact that majority of the names received by the DoPT are duly recommended by the chief ministers, cabinet ministers and MPs. The names for selection are put before the selection committee through an agenda note prepared by the DoPT. Noted RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal obtained this information through RTI applications filed in the PMO and DoPT.

“What emerges is that the DoPT has become de facto selection or rejection committee.

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