28 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Selecting the CIC

Selecting the CIC The search committee for selection of Chief Information Commissioner did not short-list two senior Information Commissioners who had applied for the position and brought in four others who did not show interest in the post, documents made public by the government show. Now even the Supreme Court wants to know. It has reportedly asked the Centre to explain how those who did not apply for the post were shortlisted. The search committee led by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha had finalised five names to be put before the selection panel, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. Interestingly, the Secretary of the Department of Expenditure declared that he had applied for the post of Information Commissioner but after consultations with the PMO, he was retained on the search committee. All the three Commissioners in the Central Information Commission – Sudhir Bhargava, Bimal Julka and Divya Prakash Sinha – were among 68 applicants for the post. The panel led by the Cabinet Secretary did not consider the names of Julka and Sinha to be put in the list of five short-listed candidates, sources say. It short-listed five retired IAS officers – Bhargava, former MSME Secretary Madhav Lal, former Additional Chief Secretary of Gujarat S K Nanda, former Secretary of Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances Alok Rawat and former Expenditure Secretary R P Watal – to be placed before the panel led by the Prime Minister. None of these ex-babus applied for the position but their names were considered by the search committee all the same. The panel led by the Prime Minister, however, considered all the applicants along with names short-listed by the search committee for the position and picked Bhargava for the post.

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