Selection of heads for information commission and vigilance panel today

Both the commissions have been functioning without their chiefs since last year

GN Staff | May 23, 2015


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Finally, after months of being headless, the prime minister-led selection committees will on Saturday decide the names of chiefs of central information commission (CIC) and central vigilance commission (CVC).

It will also finalise the names of information commissioners and vigilance commissioners.

The post of chief information commissioner is lying vacant for over nine months. Rajiv Mathur's term as chief of the transparency watchdog ended in August, 2014. There is vacancy for three commissioners in the CIC.

Central vigilance commissioner Pradeep Kumar and vigilance commissioner J M Garg had in September last.

As per Right to Information Act, the CIC has one chief and ten information commissioners. The CVC is headed by a central vigilance commissioner and has two vigilance commissioners.

The meeting at Narendra Modi’s residence will be attended home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley and leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. The selection panel for CIC has Jaitley and Kharge and Rajnath Singh replaces Jaitely in the CVC selection panel.
 
On Thursday, the Delhi high court had reserved its order on a plea seeking directions for the centre to appoint CIC and three information commissioners.

Additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain told the court that the candidates for the posts of CIC and information commissioners have been shortlisted and granted vigilance clearance.

Nearly, 39,000 cases are pending before the information commission.

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