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MANOJ B. PATEL

New Delhi: The CIC, which has remained headless for over 10 months, may soon have a new chief with the Centre informing the Delhi High Court that candidates for the posts of Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners have been shortlisted and their vigilance clearance was awaited.

 

 

"... In continuation of earlier meetings held on January 16, 2015 and February 6, 2015, the search committee again met on April 27, 2015 and short listed applicants for the post(s) of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (IC).Read more at;

 

CIC may have its head soon: Centre to Delhi High Court - The Economic Times

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As reported by THE HINDU, New Delhi, May 10, 2015 Updated: May 10, 2015 15:46 IST

 

CIC may have its head soon

 

 

 

 

Central Information Commission may have its head soon - The Hindu

Last week, Congress President Sonia Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of vacant posts of CIC and Information Commissioners saying this has resulted in the backlog of 39,000 cases.

 

 

The CIC, which has remained headless for over 10 months, may soon have a new chief with the Centre informing the Delhi High Court that candidates for the posts of Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners have been shortlisted and their vigilance clearance was awaited.

“... In continuation of earlier meetings held on January 16, 2015 and February 6, 2015, the search committee again met on April 27, 2015 and short listed applicants for the post(s) of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (IC).”

“Vigilance clearance from the respective cadre controlling authority in respect of the shortlisted serving officers and inputs from the Intelligence Bureau in respect of retired officers has been sought vide communications dated May 5, 2015 and May 2, 2015, respectively,” the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) told the court.

The submission has been made by DoPT in its affidavit filed in response to the court’s direction to the government to expedite the appointment process and inform it about the progress as the vacancies in Central Information Commission have led to a massive backlog of cases.

Last week, Congress President Sonia Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of vacant posts of CIC and Information Commissioners saying this has resulted in the backlog of 39,000 cases.

DoPT in its affidavit, filed through central government standing counsel Jasmeet Singh, has also said, “The selection would, thereafter, be made by the selection committee headed by the Prime Minister as per the RTI Act, 2005.

“The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be appointed by the President on the recommendations of the selection committee.”

The court on April 9 had said it would monitor the progress made by DoPT regarding filling the vacancies after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain sought 12 weeks’ time to finalise the appointments.

The court was also of the view that until it issues any direction, some important posts remain vacant for long.

“We will not close the writ petition. We want to monitor this personally. As we close it (petition), they (government) might not do it. So we will take up the matter after four weeks. You please tell us by that time, what progress you made in filling up the posts,” it had asked.

The direction had come on a PIL filed by RTI activists R.K. Jain, Lokesh K. Batra and Subhash Chandra Agarwal alleging that no action has been taken on the issue despite two “distress” letters written by Central Information Commission to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The PIL filed through lawyers Prashant Bhushan and Pranav Sachdeva sought filling up of posts of Chief IC and subordinate staff in a time-bound frame.

“Due to non-appointment of the Chief IC since August 23, 2014, the appeals and complaints relating to the important authorities including the CVC, CBI, President’s Secretariat, PMO, Cabinet Secretariat, Supreme Court and High Courts, Lok Sabha, CAG, DOPT, UPSC and Staff Selection Commission are not being heard and there is a vacuum of jurisdiction at CIC for more than 100 authorities/departments, as even no officiating arrangements for CIC, have been made.”

“The RTI Act prescribed statutory time lines of 30 days for providing the information from the date of application and disposal of first appeal within maximum period of 45 days,” the plea said.

It stated that these time-lines were being defeated due to the non-appointment to these positions and the Commission was now taking nearly 2-3 years’ time in hearing complaints.

“The effective functioning of adjudicators under the RTI Act — the IC — is critical for the health of the transparency regime in the country. It is therefore a matter of grave concern that the post of the Chief IC in the CIC has been lying vacant since August 23, 2014. It is for the first time since the constitution of the CIC in 2005, the Commission is headless,” the plea has said.

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MANOJ B. PATEL

The same thread was started by me yesterday 3.11 PM (Echonomic Times) but unfortunately it is not approved. two other threads- Information on power tariff (Yesteray 2.52 PM) and RTI ke javab me mage 4 crore Rs. (yesterday 7.05 PM, Punjab Kesari) started by me also not approved.

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karira
The same thread was started by me yesterday 3.11 PM (Echonomic Times) but unfortunately it is not approved. two other threads- Information on power tariff (Yesteray 2.52 PM) and RTI ke javab me mage 4 crore Rs. (yesterday 7.05 PM, Punjab Kesari) started by me also not approved.

 

All threads have been approved and that is why your news report comes first in this thread.

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MANOJ B. PATEL

New Delhi: The CIC, which has remained headless for over 10 months, may soon have a new chief with the Centre informing Delhi High Court on Thursday that candidates for the posts of Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners have been shortlisted and granted vigilance clearance.

 

"Vigilance clearance from the respective cadre controlling authority in respect of the shortlisted serving officers and inputs from the Intelligence Bureau in respect of retired officers has been sought vide communications dated May 5, 2015 and May 2, 2015, respectively," Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain told the court.Read more at;

 

CIC may have its head soon: Centre to Delhi High Court | Zee News

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MANOJ B. PATEL

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its order on a plea seeking directions for the central government to appoint the chief information commissioner and three information commissioners as the posts have been lying vacant for nearly a year.

 

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw reserved the order after parties in the case concluded their arguments.Read more at;

 

HC reserves order on plea for appointing information commissioners | TwoCircles.net

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karira

Threads merged once again.

Infraction given to member for starting separate threads on same subject/topic.

 

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PM-led committee to select CIC, CVC today

 

 

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Updated: May 23, 2015 00:35 IST

 

 

Nearly 10 months after the top post in two key watchdogs became vacant, the Prime Minister-headed selection committee will meet on Saturday to select the chief information commissioner (CIC) and the central vigilance commissioner (CVC).

While the post of the CIC has been vacant since August last year, that of the CVC has been vacant since September 2014.

Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge will attend the crucial meeting that comes days after his party chief Sonia Gandhi flagged the issue by moving an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha during the budget session.

She had then attacked the Narendra Modi-led government for its “blatant U-turn” on the promise of transparency and good governance, citing several vacancies in the CIC — the final arbiter of RTI requests.

Referring to 39,000 cases pending before the commission, Gandhi also took on the government for nibbling away at the CIC’s authority by giving its financial powers to a bureaucrat.

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.

As per the Right to Information Act, the central information commission has one chief and ten information commissioners out of which three are vacant.

The central vigilance commission is headed by a chief vigilance commissioner and has two vigilance commissioners. Rajiv, a former director general of Central Industrial Security Force, is acting as its interim chief.

 

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MANOJ B. PATEL

New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) The Prime Minister-led selection committees could not arrive at a decision on the appointment of chiefs of Central Information Commission (CIC) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) at its meeting today and decided to meet again.

 

"The meeting was held in amicable atmosphere. There were certain more information and details to be obtained in reference of the candidates under consideration. Therefore, it was decided that another meeting will be called next week at a mutually-convenient date," Union Minister Jitendra Singh told PTI after the meeting.Read more at;

 

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Prasad GLN

Why all this drama after so much time ? Is it not the responsibility of Govt. to search for successors well in advance or amend the act to designate senior of IC as Chief IC incharge.

What about the other vacancies of Commissioners ?

Is there any procedure for consolidating all Vigilance updates in personal files of Senior officials ?

or Each and every official whose name is under consideration is having certain kind of Vigilance cases pending ?

(Is that very important and crucial post that requires so much attention and focus ? )

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digal
Why all this drama after so much time ? Is it not the responsibility of Govt. to search for successors well in advance or amend the act to designate senior of IC as Chief IC incharge.

 

 

All of them (including ops'n) are overenthusiastic to amend the Act.

 

The hullabaloo by the Activists & civil society Groups, desist them to amend the Act.

 

If allowed, they will 1st amend sec 2(h), then other impediments that would screen them from accountability to the public.

 

Unless common citizens en mass are familiar about the benefit of the Act, it will lead to a slow death.

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Prasad GLN

So, as Hon.Karira has commented one eye is better than being blind ?

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akhilesh yadav

[h=1]PM Modi-led panel likely to select CIC, CVC tomorrow[/h]

NEW DELHI: A meeting of a Prime Minister-led panel has been called tomorrow to decide on the chiefs of Central Information Commissioner (CIC) and Central Vigilance Commissioner(CVC).

 

 

Tomorrow's meeting has been convened at the Prime Minister's residence and will be attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Minister of State for Pe ..

 

 

 

 

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PM Modi-led panel likely to select CIC, CVC tomorrow - The Economic Times

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digal

At last a sigh of relief may come!

 

cvc_meet.jpg

 

 

As reported at ibnlive.com (CNN IBN)

 

Centre finalises names for CVC and CIC, to be announced soon

 

Posted on: 07:18 PM IST Jun 01, 2015

 

Centre finalises names for CVC and CIC, to be announced soon - IBNLive

 

New Delhi: Centre on Monday finalised names for the chiefs of Central Information Commissioner (CIC) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh.

The meeting also cleared appointment of Vigilance Commissioners and Information Commissioner, sources said.

"We discussed the matter and recommended some names to the President. He will be announcing them," Mallikarjun Kharge said.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi had questioned the delay in appointments of chiefs of CIC, CVC and Lokpal by the Modi government.

Many RTI activists had also questioned the delay in appointments.

The CIC, which is mandated to resolve appeals and complaints filed against government departments or public authorities by information seekers under the Right to Information Act, has been working without a chief for over nine months, after the tenure of CIC Rajiv Mathur ended on August 22, 2014.

Sources said there are 203 applicants, including all seven information commissioners, for the post of the Chief Information Commissioner and 553 for the post of information commissioners.

In CVC, the term of Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar had ended on September 28 last year, while vigilance commissioner JM Garg completed his tenure on September 7. Sources said the government has received about 130 applications for the two posts.

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akhilesh yadav

Government, Opposition agree on names of CIC, CVC chiefsThe agreement came at two meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader ofCongress in Lok Sabha MallikarjunKharge in two different committees.Government and the opposition on Monday agreed on the names of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), the posts that have been lying vacant for over nine months over which there has been criticism.The agreement came at two meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha MallikarjunKharge in two different committees.READ AT; Government, Opposition agree on names of CIC, CVC chiefs | The Indian Express

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akhilesh yadav

[h=1]Government Panel Clears Names for Appointment of CIC, CVC Chiefs[/h]

NEW DELHI: Government and the opposition today agreed on the names of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), the posts that have been lying vacant for over nine months over which there has been criticism.

The agreement came at two meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in two different committees. While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley attended the meeting on selection of CIC, Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the other meeting on CVC. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh was also present in the meetings. The two meetings also cleared the names for three vacant posts of Information Commissioners and at least one Vigilance Commissioner.

"The panels have met and their recommendations have been sent to President's office. All the names against the vacant posts have been sent to the President. I cannot tell you the names. The meeting was confidential," Kharge said after the meeting. To a question whether there was disagreement on the names, he said there is no question of agreement or disagreement on the names as of now. A formal announcement of the names will take place after President Pranab Mukherjee, to whom the recommendations have gone, gives his assent. The President is away on a five-day visit abroad, till Thursday.

Read at: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Government-Panel-Clears-Names-for-Appointment-of-CIC-CVC-Chiefs/2015/06/01/article2844122.ece

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akhilesh yadav

[h=1]Vijai Sharma tipped to be new CIC; K V Chowdary may be CVC[/h][h=1][/h]NEW DELHI: Most senior information commissioner Vijai Sharma is tipped to be new chief information commissioner, while former CBDT chief KV Chowdary is understood to be in the running for the central vigilance commissioner's post.

 

These names are understood to have been cleared in the meetings that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had today with leader of largest opposition party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

 

While finance minister Arun Jaitley attended the meeting on selection of chief information commissioner (CIC), home minister Rajnath Singh attended the other meeting on central vigilance commissioner (CVC). Minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh was also present in the meetings.

 

There was no official word on the subject but sources indicated that 64-year-old Sharma could be named as the CIC, a post that has been lying vacant for over nine months.

 

Read at: Vijai Sharma tipped to be new CIC; K V Chowdary may be CVC - The Times of India

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MANOJ B. PATEL

The senior-most Information Commissioner, Vijai Sharma, is tipped to be the new Chief Information Commissioner, while the former Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes, K.V. Chowdary, is understood to be in the running for the post of Central Vigilance Commissioner.Read more at;

 

Vijai Sharma tipped to be new CIC - The Hindu

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MANOJ B. PATEL

NEW DELHI: K V Chowdary, former chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), and Vijai Sharma, the senior-most information commissioner, are tipped to take over as the central vigilance commissioner and chief information commissioner, respectively. Read more at;

 

Next CVC may break IAS stranglehold - The Times of India

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digal

Personal Opinion only(NOT IN MEDIA):

 

 

If it is so, there is nothing unusual for an agreement among the Political Parties. Hon'ble Vijay Sharma & other two ICs( showing helplessness implementing earlier CIC decision on 6 Political Parties), may even be exalted with MORE REWARDS, unopposed & unchallenged by other opposition Parties! A farce by Ruling+Opposition, that we hv no other option bt to watch!

 

 

Then the whole process of advt'smnt, shortlisting, etc etc r just a farce to delay d appointment & to weaken RTI! Had the same been done b4 August, pendings wud not hv sky rocketed. The same thing may happen after December, when IC VS is going 2 retire. Another advt..shortlisting..& at d end, the senior most with a delay of 1 Yr!

 

 

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I understand that Mr. Vijai Sharma will be retiring in next six months. Thus he is also adhoc head and no long term steps will be initiated. RTI users may also peruse decisions of Shri Sharma as IC. Seniority need not be thumb rule for such important appointments.Any way some thing is better than nothing. The long selection process was just cosmetic and now it is fill-in the blank exercise.

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Prasad GLN

Is this atleast satisfies SC Judgment that an expert in law must atleast head any institution though he has to quasi judicial functions, and application of mind legally and a long term plan has to be evolved. That means he will not enter into any controversies and deliver normal decisions in return for the favours.

It is interesting to see as to date of his hearing in appeals commences from which date, and what happens to his normal functions at present.

Just they may have appointed head but not reduced burden of CIC.

All this to satisfy whom ?

Though Bio data is available in CIC website, for the sake of members, some body should copy and paste bio data as post here and some one should welcome and wish him all the best from our portal

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akhilesh yadav

Will the selection of CIC and CVC finally be a bad joke on transparency?

 

After nine months of creating a high drama to select the CIC, the apparent choice seems to be an anti-climax. As for the CVC, questions are being raised over his alleged involvement in corruption

 

Senior most Information Commissioner, Vijai Sharma is tippled to be the new Chief Information Commissioner (CCIC) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act while KV Chowdary, former chief of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is all set to be the new Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), say media reports. If both these reports are true, then it is quite clear that the Modi government is making a mockery of democracy and of the high drama it created for nine months – publishing advertisements for the post of the CIC, forming a Committee to shortlist the applicants and so on.

 

According to reports, these names are understood to have been cleared at meetings that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Monday with Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley attended the meeting on selection of a CIC, Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the one on selection of a CVC. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh was present at the meetings, the reports say.

 

At the end of it, if Vijai Sharma does become the CIC, then it is a bad joke on the transparency movement of this country considering that he has only 179 days left to serve before retiring on 1 December 2015 and by the way, that includes weekends and holidays. Considering the CIC’s tenure is for five years, why is the union government is trying to appoint a near-retiree and carrying out this exercise of selection process once again after barely six months? What about transparency on the short listed candidates and reasons for their rejection? Why is the government hell bent on being opaque? If anyway the senior most IC was to be selected as CIC, why then this inordinate delay?

 

Read at:Will the selection of CIC and CVC finally be a bad joke on transparency? - Moneylife

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akhilesh yadav

[h=1]Don’t appoint CIC for short tenure, PM urged[/h][h=1]Nagpur: The Narendra Modi government's decision to appoint senior most information commissioner as the chief information commissioner (CIC) after nine months has come in for sharp criticism.

 

Sharma's name was cleared in the meeting that the prime minister held last week with leader of opposition party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

 

In a letter to the prime minister on Wednesday, city-based RTI activist Avinash Prabhune said government should not adopt a short-sighted view on CIC appointment if it really wants to do justice to the RTI Act.

 

As per Section 13 of the RTI Act, CIC can remain in his seat up to the age of 65 years. Sharma, who is December 2, 1950 born, will stay for six months up to December 2015. Thereafter, once again new CIC will have to be selected through existing sluggish selection mechanism.

 

"It is important to note that there was no full-time CIC for 22 months since September 2013. The post was managed through additional charge up to September 2014 and it was lying vacant since then.

 

"It is not desirable to appoint person just for six months when there is huge pendency of cases with CIC. It is a matter of records that Central government took huge time for making appointments," Prabhune said.[/h]

 

Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Dont-appoint-CIC-for-short-tenure-PM-urged/articleshow/47534210.cms

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