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karira

As reported by Ravi Reddy in thehindu.com on 16 Feb 2012:

The Hindu : States / Andhra Pradesh : Media leaks widen Botcha-Kiran rift

 

Media leaks widen Botcha-Kiran rift

 

Selective leaks to the media by the camp followers of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and APCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana in the Assembly lobbies on Wednesday showed that the rift between the two Congress leaders is widening.

 

It all began when the APCC chief in an off-the-record chat with reporters took pot-shots at TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu stating that he had colluded with the Chief Minister in the selection of State Information Commissioners under the RTI Act.

 

He said the Chief Minister had gone on record to say that the choice of the nominees was unanimous.

 

He dropped enough hints that there was ‘match-fixing' in the appointments.

 

CAUSTIC REMARKS

 

The caustic remarks had an immediate impact as television channels ran news scrolls, which forced the TDP leaders to issue denials about any such nexus. But, the APCC chief himself tried to backtrack saying he had never spoken about a ‘nexus' but only about the ‘understanding' between Mr. Naidu and the government. Congress leaders were quick to comment that it was a ploy by the APCC chief to create an impression that something was amiss in the appointments.

 

Even as the issue became a topic of animated discussion in the lobbies, an interesting political game was being played with Chief Minister's loyalists from Telangana, running a whisper campaign demanding that the post of APCC chief should be entrusted to a leader from Telangana.

 

Former Minister R. Damodar Reddy and some other leaders were heard saying that since the Chief Minister and the Speaker hailed from Seemandhra region, the post of PCC president should go to a Congress leader from Telangana. When queried, Mr. Botcha Satyanarayana dismissed the issue and said he would be the first person to quit the post if it paved the way for finding a solution to the contentious Telangana issue.

 

Congress leaders say that there is every likelihood of both the camps targeting one another as the budget session gets underway. The Chief Minister, they say, is trying to consolidate his position after the recent Cabinet reshuffle while his detractors are trying to rope in the disgruntled voices in the party.

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karira

Attached are details of a Candlelight Vigil to be held in Hyderabad at 1800 Hrs on 19 Feb 2012

Candlelight.pdf

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karira

As reported in Times of India, Hyderabad edition on 20 Feb 2012:

Article Window

 

Why Imtiaz wants to opt out

 

With no sign of information commissioners being formally appointed despite the committee to select them having formally met nearly a month ago, a few of those whose names were approved are getting restless. S Imtiaz Ahmed, retired civil judge from Chittoor district and said to be a nominee of none less than Kiran Reddy, is now scouting for other openings. The grapevine has it that he has sounded CM garu that he would not be averse to becoming a member of the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission, where one vacancy exists. When last heard, Kiran Kumar requested the retired judge to wait for a few more days. While the CM says the file is with governor E S L Narasimhan for approval, the latter told a few RTI activists who called on him a few days ago that he is still to receive it. Whatever be the truth is, it has been an agonizingly long wait for the 8 persons named as information commissioners, and the fact that RTI activists are vigorously campaigning against them might prompt many, like the civil judge, to look for other opportunities.

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The Tribune today carried the following report:

Information Commissioners’ appointments spark row

Suresh Dharur/TNS

Hyderabad, February 20

 

The choice of candidates appointed as Information Commissioners, under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, has triggered a row in Andhra Pradesh with the information activists and opposition parties dubbing the exercise as political rehabilitation.

 

The government has appointed eight Information Commissioners at one go. However, a majority of them are either active members of the ruling Congress or have been recommended by the ruling party bigwigs.

 

There are allegations that political considerations alone had guided the selection process. And, intense lobbying was said to have tilted

the scales in favour of some of the aspirants.

 

Those selected include a serving IPS officer M Ratan, former Commissioner of Police S Prabhakar Reddy and former Principal Chief

Conservator of Forests C Madhukar Raj. Four others -- S. Imtiaz Ahmed, Lam Tantiya Kumari, M. Vijaya Nirmala and Varre Venkateswarlu - are all associated with the Congress while P Vijaya Babu is the Editor of Telugu daily “Andhra Prabha.”

 

The selection committee, comprising Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister C Damodara Rajanarsimha and Leader of the Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu, cleared the names at a meeting held here last evening. However, the RTI activists expressed dismay over the selection and said that such an approach would undermine the spirit of the RTI Act.

 

“The entire institution has been converted into yet another rehabilitation centre for politicians and retired bureaucrats, some of

whom do not even know how to file RTI application,” a leading RTI activist D Rakesh Kumar said.

 

The RTI campaigners have been opposing appointment of retired bureaucrats on the ground that they were very much part of the system and would never fully appreciate the public right to information.

There is also a demand for barring politicians from becoming Information Commissioners as they would be more inclined to protect

the party in power.

 

Meanwhile, the opposition Telugu Desam Party and the BJP also raised objections over the selection process. “How can common public expect

justice from ruling party politicians who have lobbied to get into these posts?” wondered senior TDP leader and former Union Minister K

Yerran Naidu. The BJP senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu said the government owed an explanation to the people as to what criteria were adopted for selecting the new Information Commissioners.

 

The Lok Satta Party, headed by former civil servant Dr N Jayaprakash Narayan, alleged “collusion” between the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in packing the State Information Commission with people known for their political affiliation or family ties with leaders or former bureaucrats.

Interestingly, three of the eight new Commissioners had unsuccessfully contested the 2009 elections on behalf of the Congress, the TDP and the Praja Rajyam Party. However, all of them are now with the Congress.

 

Prominent among them is Imtiaz Khan who had contested against the Chief Minister in Pileru constituency in Chittoor district on TDP

ticket. After Kiran was made the Chief Minister, he joined the Congress. Thantiya Kumari is the daughter of former Deputy Chief Minister K Ranga Rao and was the Congress candidate from Thiruvuru constituency in Krishna district.

 

Lobbying alleged

l Eight Information Commissioners had been appointed. However, a majority of them are either active members of the ruling Congress or have been recommended by the ruling party bigwigs.

l Alleged intense lobbying is said to have tilted the scales in favour of some of the aspirants.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120221/nation.htm#11

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dr.s.malhotra

It proves the dirty picture of selections in this country to such August Posts that are directly related to preservation and restoration of Right to Information of citizens . When selections are politically motivated , the future of the PUBLIC INTEREST can not be anything , but DARK .

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karira

As reported in telegudesam.org on 21 Feb 2012:

Governor returns Information Commissioners File back to Government

 

Governor returns Information Commissioners File back to Government

 

In a major set back to the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government the appointment of Information commissioners has been rejected by the Governor for alleged political background of the government nominees.

 

The Andhra Pradesh governor E.S.L Narasimhan has returned the file of appointment of eight Chief Information Commissioners without ratification under the RTI Act to the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government following public furor and controversy on the quality of selections.

 

The Governors action has come on a day when the RTI activists were holding a people’s ballot in Hyderabad against the nominations sent by the Government after similar ballots held across the state last week.

 

The Samachara Hakku Prachara Ikya Vedika which is sphere heading the protest campaign against appointment of personalities with political background for the post plans to gather support of over one lakh persons against the state Government.

 

The Vedika staged a dharna at Indira Park during the week end protesting against alleged violation of all norms and spirit of the Right to Information Act by the Government of Andhra Pradesh while selecting eight Information Commissioners.

 

The former Union Home Secretary K.Padmanabhaiah who joined hands with the movement lamented that the state Government was acting against the spirit of the Right to Information Act. While the Act proposes to select distinguished public personalities in various sections of the society he said the present selection was on simple political considerations.

 

Those appointed as ICs are: C.Madhukar Raj, IFS (Retd), S.Prabhakar Reddy, IPS (Retd), P.Vijaya Babu, Editor of Andhra Prabha Telugu daily, Varre Venkateswarlu, social worker, Lam Tantiya Kumari, advocate (daughter of former deputy chief minister Koneru Ranga Rao), S.Imtiaz Ahmed, retired civil judge, M.Vijaya Nirmala, academician and M Ratan, currently Director General of Police (Vigilance and Enforcement).

 

Ratan is not alone in the office eof Information commission.The chief Information Commissioner Jannat Hussein, who earlier was Secretary to Y.S.Rajasekhar Reddy also was chosen to the post ahead of his voluntary retirement from IAS service. Following his appointment as IC, Ratan is expected to seek voluntary retirement, government sources said. The IPS officer was chosen for the IC post as he belonged to the Backward Community from the Telangana region, they said.

 

Among eight members recommended, three are alleged to be actively involved in politics and also contested the 2009 elections to the Legislative assembly as political party nominee .Imtiaz Ahmed; one of the nominees contested the Assembly elections twice as a Telugu Desam nominee, against the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy himself. But he had recently joined the Congress party and has now become a candidate of the CM.

 

Smt.Vijaya Nirmala another nominee had contested the Nuzvid constituency seat on Praja Rajyam ticket in 2009 but lost.She is preferred now as the Praja Rajyam has merged with Congress and now a candidate of Chiranjeevi.Smt. l.Tantiya Kumari had contested from the Tiruvuru Assembly Constituency as a Congress candidate in 2009, but lost.She is the daughter of the former Deputy CM Koneru Ranga Rao.

 

K.Madhava Rao, former Chief Secretary and active RTI campaigner said that none of the appointed Information Commissioners were known of having any experience in civil society activism, if not on Right to Information activism.

 

The TDP president Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu who was a party for the selections initially and participated in the selection committee meeting has now withdrawn his consent for the appointments. He has already sent a dissent note on the selection process and said that many of them were highly political nominees and others were bureaucrats appointed on considerations other than RTI activity.

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As reported in teleguone.com on 21 Feb 2012:

RTI Commissioners' Appoitments: Guv Sends Back File | rti commissioners appointment| ap rti commissioners| ap governor narasimhan rti file| narasimhan rti commisioners appointment| ap rti commissioners appointment| andhra pradesh rti appointments| ap

 

RTI Commissioners' Appoitments: Guv Sends Back File

 

The RTI Commissioners' appointment file, which was kept in abeyance by the AP Governor ESL Narasimhan for the past one week, has come back to the government on Tuesday. It is reported that the Governor is unhappy with the way government has made the appointments and rejected them.

 

The Governor was flooded with representations from various sections of the civil society, including Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey, requesting him to cancel the appointments. In fact, the commission has been without commissioners for the last 15 months. And when the Kiran Kumar Reddy government finally filled up eight posts, that too after being reprimanded by the High Court, it came as a shock to many activists. It is said that four of the commissioners are Congress leaders and the others include two retired IPS officers, a retired IFS officer and a senior journalist. The governor has asked the government to reconsider the appointments as per the fixed guidelines for the appointment of RTI commissioners.

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As reported by PTI in newsreporter.in on 21 Feb 2012:

AP Guv no to ‘political nominees’ as Information Commissioners - NewsReporter.in

 

AP GUV NO TO ‘POLITICAL NOMINEES’ AS INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS

 

Hyderabad, Feb 21 : In a jolt to the Kiran Kumar Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh, Governor E S L Narasimhan today declined to appoint four “political nominees” as State Information Commissioners under the Right to Information Act.

 

The Governor rejected four out of eight names chosen by a high-level selection committee comprising the chief minister, deputy chief minister Damodar Rajanarasimha and Leader of Opposition, N Chandrababu Naidu on January 31.

 

Narasimhan returned the relevant file to the government after taking into consideration the “dissent note” written by the Opposition leader as well as the widespread opposition to the “political appointments”, sources in General Administration Department (GAD) said.

 

The decision is also seen as a snub to actor-turned-politician K Chiranjeevi as two of the rejected candidates were his choice.

 

The sources said the Governor approved the names of only M Ratan, currently Director General of Vigilance and Enforcement Department, C Madhukar Raj, retired Indian Forest Service officer, K Prabhakar Reddy, ex-IPS officer and P Vijay Babu, editor of Telugu daily ‘Andhra Prabha’.

 

Names of Lam Tantiya Kumari, M Vijaya Nirmala, V Venakteswarlu and Imtiaz Ahmed, all having affiliation to the ruling Congress, have been rejected for appointment as Information Commissioners, they said. The RTI Act clearly bars appointment of politicians to these posts, the sources said.

 

Soon after the selection committee meeting, the government announced that the eight candidates were chosen “unanimously” for the posts, but RTI activists, general public besides other political parties, cried foul.

 

Naidu wrote a dissent note on the relevant file and wanted the government to re-convene a meeting of the panel for choosing the Information Commissioners afresh.

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karira

As reported by S. NAGESH KUMAR in thehindu.com on 22 Feb 2012:

The Hindu : States / Andhra Pradesh : A.P. Governor rejects four names for post of Information Commissioners

 

A.P. Governor rejects four names for post of Information Commissioners

 

The Kiran Kumar Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh was faced with acute embarrassment on Tuesday when Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan rejected the names of four out of the eight persons proposed for appointment as Information Commissioners under the Right to Information Act.

 

Profiles scrutinised

 

Invoking the provisions of the RTI Act, the Governor found the four nominees ineligible for holding the post of Information Commissioners as they have political affiliations and sent the file back to the government. Article 15 (6) of the Act clearly lays down that, among other things, the nominees should not be connected with any political party. But, a scrutiny of their profiles shows that all of them have close political affiliations with one party or the other.

 

Imtiaz Ahmed was a former Telugu Desam candidate for the Assembly elections in 2009, Tantiya Kumari, a Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) member, Vijaya Nirmala, formerly a Praja Rajyam candidate from the Nuzvid Assembly constituency in Krishna district and V. Venkateswarlu, a Congress leader from Nalgonda.

 

The eight names were forwarded to Mr. Narasimhan last month after a three-member committee comprising Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarasimha and Leader of the Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu approved them ‘unanimously.' No sooner the names were announced than there was a public outcry against the move to appoint politicians to the prestigious posts.

 

A delegation of citizens led by the former Union Home Secretary K. Padmabhaiah made a representation to the Governor, urging him to reject the appointment of the four persons.

 

Realising that a controversy was brewing over the decision, to which he was a party, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu demanded constitution of a search committee to identify candidates.

 

Legally valid: CM

 

However, the Chief Minister was firm in his stand that these appointments were legally valid.

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As reported by S Bachan Jeet Singh at ibnlive.in.com on 22 Feb 2012

 

HYDERABAD: In what has come as a major embarrassment to the Kiran Kumar Reddy government, governor ESL Narasimhan on Tuesday returned the file on appointment of eight information commissioners under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

The government sent the file to the governor on February 17 for his assent to the appointments but the governor returned the file in a sealed cover, reportedly raising objections to the appointment of “political nominees” as information commissioner and asked the government to take a fresh look at the appointments. Those whose appointments came under question are Varre Venkateswarlu, Lam Tantiya Kumari, Imtiaz Ahmed and M.Vijaya Nirmala, who are believed to have links with the Congress.

 

Narasimhan seemed to have taken into consideration the “dissent note” written by leader of the opposition N Chandrababu Naidu as well as the widespread opposition to the “political appointments”. Naidu said: “In view of the feedback and public perception on the proposed list of nominees for the posts of information commissioners, I suggest that a search committee be formed to scrutinise applicants’ eligibility as per provisions of the RTI Act and place it before the next meeting of the selection committee.” For the last few weeks, RTI activists, under the banner of United Forum for RTI Campaign, and civil society members, have been up in arms over the selection of the commissioners.

 

They have urged the governor to reject the names recommended by a panel, contenting that these people actively participated in politics.

 

The panel comprised the chief minister, deputy chief minister D Raja Narasimhan and Chandrababu Naidu.

 

There is a bar under the law that people to be considered (for the post) should not be connected with politics. Till recently, four of them were in politics. They contested elections and lost. BR Raju, convener of United Forum for RTI said that if the file returned indeed mentioned objection to the four above nominees, it was a good step. “But we have received nothing conclusive or in detail about the contents in the file as yet. Only after that can we comment on the issue.”

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ranjitchona1

these politician has decide to arm twist all the govern power within their available resource. have completely lost moral. 'WE THE PEOPLE' need firm determination and constant efforts to make way for democratic development, so that RTI remain powerful and may be constituted more teeth to cut the red-tap-ism.

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Setback for CM as governor rejects RTI appointments

 

Reported by Khaleejtimes.com on 23 February 2012

Setback for CM as governor rejects RTI appointments

 

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who has been desperately trying to establish himself as a ‘no-nonsense, always correct’ leader in the past few months, has been put on the mat by none other than the government-friendly Governor E S L Narasimhan, who has returned the file pertaining to the controversial appointment of eight information commissioners under the RTI Act.

 

The appointment of the information commissioners including four who are associated with the ruling Congress last month had led to massive protests by the opposition and RTI activists.

 

Following the uproar, Governor Narasimhan, returning the file, asked the government to reconsider the matter. The governor’s move came on a day when RTI activists had launched a novel protest in the city holding “people’s ballot” seeking public opinion over the controversial selections. The activists held similar ‘people’s ballot’ across the state last week to build public opinion against the appointment of active politicians and serving officials as information commissioners.

 

The peeved activists decided to launch the protest after Kiran Kumar Reddy told them at a meeting that there was nothing wrong with the appointments and he would not go back on it.

 

The state government had last month appointed eight information commissioners at one go. However, a majority of them are either active members of the ruling Congress or have been recommended by the ruling party bigwigs. There are allegations that political considerations alone had guided the selection process. The appointment of S Imtiaz Ahmed, Lam Tantiya Kumari, M Vijaya Nirmala and Varre Venkateswarlu, all associated with the Congress, triggered widespread protests.

 

The RTI activists expressed dismay over the selection and said that such an approach would undermine the spirit of the RTI Act. “The entire institution has been converted into yet another rehabilitation centre for politicians and retired bureaucrats, some of whom do not even know how to file RTI application,” a leading RTI activist Rakesh Kumar said. The RTI campaigners have been opposing appointment of retired bureaucrats on the ground that they were very much part of the system and would never fully appreciate the public right to information. There is also a demand for barring politicians from becoming information commissioners as they would be more inclined to protect the party in power.

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karira

As reported by B Krishna Prasad in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 26 Feb 2012:

CM-governor cold war hots up - The Times of India

 

CM-governor cold war hots up

 

HYDERABAD: A showdown between chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and governor E S L Narasimhan over the appointment of information commissioners' (ICs) looks imminent. This is because the chief minister has decided to seek the advice of the advocate general on the legality and constitutional validity of the governor's action in rejecting the names of four of the 8 ICs that Kiran Kumar had decided upon in concurrence with opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu.

 

Sources told STOI that after Narasimhan returned the file pertaining to the appointment of the information commissioners, Kiran Kumar did not contact Raj Bhavan nor try to convince the governor to clear the appointments. "Instead, the CM has sought the opinion of the AG on the issue and has also sought details of the manner of appointment of ICs in other states. "After a meeting that Kiran Kumar had with AG A Sudershan Reddy on Saturday, it was decided that a strong reply will be sent to Raj Bhavan with details about the ICs in other states as well as questioning the constitutional position of the governor in the appointment of the information commissioners," the sources said.

 

Apart from the legal position, the chief minister's office has been directed to find out how ICs were appointed in states like Rajasthan, Haryana and Maharashtra. "All these three are Congress-ruled states. The CM wants to know if the governors in these states rejected the candidature of any information commissioner because of his past political affiliations," said the sources. Of the 8 information commissioners that the CM had finalised, Narasimhan had cleared the names of four but urged Kiran Kumar to reconsider the other four names due to their past political affiliations.

 

CM's aides are of the view that as per the RTI act, there is no provision for the governor to ask the chief minister to re-consider the names. According to them, Kiran Kumar is upset with the governor for repeatedly vetoing his decisions or taking `unilateral decisions'. "First, acting on media reports, the governor directed the removal of Sri Krishnadevaraya University vice-chancellor B Kusuma Kumari. After that, when Kiran Kumar wanted A Dilip Reddy to be appointed as a member of the AP Administrative Tribunal, Narasimhan returned the file twice and ensured that it was not approved by the Centre. Now, he has returned the file pertaining to the appointment of the information commissioners with objections over four of the names. All this is embarrassing the chief minister and damaging the image of the ruling party in the state," said the sources.

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As reported by Shonali Ghosal in tehelka.com on 22 Feb 2012:

Tehelka - India's Independent Weekly News Magazine

 

Andhra Pradesh Governor rejects four names suggested for posts of Information Commissioner

 

The rejected people have political connections and leanings, which is a criterion for rejection under the Right to Information Act

 

The controversy surrounding the appointment of State Information Commissioners (SICs) in Andhra Pradesh has flared up again. Rejecting four of the eight nominations made by the Kiran Kumar Reddy government earlier this month, Governor of the state ESL Narasimhan on Tuesday sent the file back to the government citing the political connections of the four, leaving the process of appointment of the SICs stuck yet again.

 

As per the RTI Act, 2005 the appointment of SICs requires the approval of the Governor once the Chief Minister (CM), Leader of Opposition (LO) and one Cabinet Minister, who is nominated by the CM, have short listed the applicants. Section 15(6) of the Act requires that no person with political connections be appointed in the State or Central Information Commission.

 

While the Act doesn’t define how deep or direct the political connection should be to restrict an applicant from making it to the Information Commission, the political connections of the objectionable four are fairly clear:

 

- Tantia Kumari, daughter of the late Deputy CM Koneru Ranga Rao, has been a part of the Congress and was a ticket seeker for the 2009 Assembly elections in the state.

- Imtiaz Ahmed, who after retiring as a civil judge in 2004 joined the Telugu Desam Party, contested an election against CM Kiran Kumar Reddy in 2004 and 2009 and lost both times following which he has recently joined the Congress.

- M Vijaya Nirmala, formerly a Praja Rajyam candidate, contested and lost the Nuzvid Assembly seat in Krishna district in 2009.

- V Venkateswarlu, who has been listed as a social activist, has previously worked with both the NSUI and the Youth Congress in Nalgonda.

 

Meanwhile, activists say it is not just the appointment of these four applicants that is a matter of concern. “It’s not the four individuals that we’re against but the fact that there is no proper procedure and the process is not transparent,” Hyderabad-based activist CJ Karira said. “If the government didn’t ask for applications in the first place, how did applicants know they were looking to fill these vacancies? The process is entirely flawed,” he added.

 

The eight names were reportedly decided upon in consensus with the CM, Deputy CM and LO Chandrababu Naidu but following pressure from activists against the appointments, Naidu backed out saying he did not accept the appointments before the file went to the Governor. “Nearly 135 applications came but they selected 8 names. Chandrababu Naidu has asked for the biodatas (resumes) of the candidates and also written to the (state) government asking it to appoint a Scrutinary Committee to get information on the applicants,” Deputy LO Gali Muddu Krishnama Naidu said.

 

With the appointment file shuttling back and forth, it remains unclear as to when and if at all the appointments will be confirmed. Meanwhile, the pendency of cases, which stood at over 8000 in October 2011, will continue to rise with just one State Chief Information Commissioner currently in place.

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As reported in thehindu.com on 24 Feb 2012:

The Hindu : Today's Paper / NATIONAL :

 

‘Appointment of ICs political'

 

United Forum for Campaign on Right to Information conducts people's ballot

 

The United Forum for Campaign on Right to Information comprising noted social activists has suggested the State government to appoint non-political and credible individuals as Information Commissioners (ICs) as suggested by the Governor.

 

The body welcomed the Governor's decision to refer back the appointment of four persons with political links as Information Commissioners by the government.

 

Over 93 per cent of people who participated in a ballot conducted by the forum across the State on February 15, 21 and 22 opined that appointment of Information Commissioners was not done with the spirit of Right to Information Act.

 

Former Union Home Secretary K. Padmanabhaiah, Magsaysay award winner Rajender Singh, forum general secretary B. Ramakrishna Raju, president of Jana Chaitanya Vedika V. Lakshmana Reddy and others released the result of people's ballot conducted on the appointment of Information Commissioners here on Thursday.

 

Giving the details, they stated that of the 72,078 persons who participated in the ballot 67,106 faulted the selection of Information Commissioners and felt it was politically influenced. About 5.5 per cent (3,934) said the selection was proper and ballots of another 1.5 per cent (1,038) were invalid. The ballot was conducted at 196 places by about 2,000 volunteers of the forum comprising 34 people's organisations.

 

Guidelines

 

Mr. Padmanabhaiah said only those who had excelled in different walks of life and who were not connected with active politics be appointed as Information Commissioners. He suggested forming of guidelines for the selection of Information Commissioners including inviting applications through open notification and setting up a mechanism to shortlist names.

 

He alleged that the government had given a go by to established norms and violated the RTI Act by appointing some politicians as Information Commissioners.

 

Such appointments would make people lose faith in the RTI Act and the institutions like State Information Commission (SIC).

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Sajib Nandi

CM in a dilemma over RTI appointments

 

 

Reported by Krishna Prasad in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Mar 4, 2012

CM in a dilemma over RTI appointments - The Times of India

 

HYDERABAD: The legal opinion given by advocate general A Sudershan Reddy on the issue of appointment of information commissioners has put chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in a dilemma.

 

According to sources, the AG's advice is that "the four names to which the governor did not raise any objection cannot be cleared by the government on the grounds that while some names were objected to, it does not mean that the other names were approved. In such a situation, the state government can expect more problems in case it issues a GO appointing the four names to which there was no objection from Raj Bhavan as information commissioners." This was the sum and substance of the AG's opinion, said the sources.

 

Apparently, the AG has recommended that the entire file be sent to the governor again with explanations to the objections raised against the four names by Narasimhan. As a result, the General Administration Department, which was in the process of issuing a GO appointing four persons as information commissioners, has dropped the idea and is now preparing a detailed note with examples from other states where some people having a political background were appointed. The dilemma before the state government is that even after it re-sends the entire file to the governor, there is a strong possibility of him sending it back again. This is what happened when the CM wanted to appoint R Dilip Reddy as a member of the AP Administrative Tribunal. Narasimhan rejected it on the grounds that Dilip Reddy lacked the requisite experience needed for that appointment. Kiran Kumar sent it back to which the governor directed the state to seek the Centre's opinion. "Much to the embarrassment of the chief minister, the Centre finally rejected Dilip Reddy's appointment and there is a very good chance of the same thing getting repeated in the case of the information commissioners also," said an official.

 

During his observations, the AG also advised that in case the governor once again returns the file seeking some more clarifications, it would be better to hold a fresh selection meeting by taking opposition TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu into confidence. "Being arch rivals from Chittoor district, the chances of the two agreeing on the issue are very remote," said the sources.

 

In case the governor returns the file seeking some more clarifications for the second time, the AG suggested that it would be better to hold a fresh selection meeting by taking opposition TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu into confidence than appointing the four names cleared by Raj Bhavan.

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As reported in expressbuzz.com on 10 Mar 2012:

Kiran uncompromising on info commissioners | Kiran Kumar Reddy | RTI | The New Indian Express

 

[h=1]Kiran uncompromising on info commissioners[/h]HYDERABAD: Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have deferred a decision on what he should do regarding the appointment of eight information commissioners under Right to Information Act in wake of governor ESL Narasimhan returning file on February 21, taking objection to appointment of four of them.The government sent the file to the governor on February 17 for his assent to the appointments but the governor returned the proposal in a sealed cover on Tuesday suggesting reconsideration of the four appointments of Varre Venkateswarlu, Lam Tantiya Kumari, Imtiaz Ahmed and M.Vijaya Nirmala since they have affiliation to the Congress.TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, who participated in the selection process on January 31 and raised no objection to any of appointees, changed his stance later and sent a dissent note.According to sources, the chief minister, who does not want to admit defeat, has been considering sending the proposal to the governor once again for ratification, justifying the four appointments to whom the governor had taken objection.The chief minister, regardless of what the governor's reaction will be, wants to send the file as it is. In view of the by-elections, he does not want to run the risk of raising the curtain for another controversy in case the file were to be rejected again.Though his supporters are confident that the governor cannot reject the file if it is sent for the second time.

 

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As reported in expressbuzz.com on 10 Mar 2012:

Kiran uncompromising on info commissioners | Kiran Kumar Reddy | RTI | The New Indian Express

 

Kiran uncompromising on info commissioners

 

HYDERABAD: Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have deferred a decision on what he should do regarding the appointment of eight information commissioners under Right to Information Act in wake of governor ESL Narasimhan returning file on February 21, taking objection to appointment of four of them.

The government sent the file to the governor on February 17 for his assent to the appointments but the governor returned the proposal in a sealed cover on Tuesday suggesting reconsideration of the four appointments of Varre Venkateswarlu, Lam Tantiya Kumari, Imtiaz Ahmed and M.Vijaya Nirmala since they have affiliation to the Congress.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, who participated in the selection process on January 31 and raised no objection to any of appointees, changed his stance later and sent a dissent note.

According to sources, the chief minister, who does not want to admit defeat, has been considering sending the proposal to the governor once again for ratification, justifying the four appointments to whom the governor had taken objection.

The chief minister, regardless of what the governor's reaction will be, wants to send the file as it is. In view of the by-elections, he does not want to run the risk of raising the curtain for another controversy in case the file were to be rejected again.

Though his supporters are confident that the governor cannot reject the file if it is sent for the second time.

 

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As reported in ibnlive.in.com on 18 April 2012:

Government put on notice on IC appointments - South India - Hyderabad - ibnlive

 

[h=1]Government put on notice on IC appointments [/h]HYDERABAD:� With the number of pending appellate cases in Andhra Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) crossing 12,000 in March this year, RTI activists are up in arms against the non-appointment of the proposed 8 Information Commissioners. It may be recalled that four of the eight nominees sent by the chief minister to the governor were rejected. Stating that the delay was causing excessive damage to the reputation of the RTI Act, Mazher Hussain, director COVA said that it was sending a wrong message to lower-ranked officials. “The government officers are not cooperating if we file an RTI application. They know that the number of appeals with the APIC has caused a huge waiting period and so are least bothered even if we appeal to the commission about their inaction”, he clarified.

 

Kaki Madhav Rao, former chief secretary, AP government, said that people were losing interest in the entire purpose of RTI due to delay and the government could do well to reinstate the commissioners before bypolls. “Starting now we are putting the government on notice. If the government fails to appoint commissioners through proper protocol,� we are going to court within a week”, he added. Asking the media for better support on the same, he said that no government could be so unresponsive to reports in media, even if recent incidents had proved otherwise.

 

CJ Karira, RTI activist also claimed that despite filing RTIs with the General Administration Department (GAD) and the governor’s office, no reply could be got as to the present status of the file which has the list of nominees.

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The Govt. of A.P is busy with liquor,land and by-polls issues. It will not appoint the Commissioners if no one approaches the apex court.

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Reported by Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Apr 26, 2012

Activists want govt to wait for SC guidelines - The Times of India

 

HYDERABAD: A recent observation by Supreme Court regarding drafting of guidelines to be followed in the appointment of information commissioners has brought cheer to RTI activists who have persistently been demanding a transparent procedure.

 

While hearing an appeal pertaining to the appointment of Tamil Nadu information commissioners, on April 20, an apex court bench had said that it would soon lay down guidelines for the selection of information commissioners. It had indeed taken a strong exception to the manner in which candidates were being hand-picked without vacancies being first announced as per the RTI Act.

 

State-based RTI activists have now appealed to the Kiran Kumar Reddy government to halt appointments until the SC announced guidelines. B Ramakrishnam Raju, convenor of the United Forum for RTI Campaign, said that they were going to submit a memorandum to the governor soon on this issue.

 

"Once we get a copy of the Supreme Court order, we will submit the same to the governor. We want the government to wait till the guidelines are issued and, then, make appointments accordingly," he said. Another RTI activist, CJ Karira, pointed out that the government may land in trouble once the guidelines do come out were it to act in haste on the question of appointments and go ahead without waiting for the SC order. "The government can frame rules and guidelines for the appointment of information commissioners.

 

Although we have been fighting for it, the state government is still to show any interest in taking up framing of rules," Karira said. "The information commission is an institution of integrity and it is very important that commissioners should be hard-working individuals with clean records." he added.

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Reported by Ibnlive.in com on May 03, 2012

EC nod for information chiefs sought - South India - Hyderabad - ibnlive

 

 

HYDERABAD: Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy� has sought clearance from the Election Commission for forwarding the file to governor ESL Narasimhan relating to appointment of at least four information commissioners under Right to Information (RTI) Act, as� by-elections are due for 18 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seat in the state.

 

According to sources, the request was made to chief electoral officer Bhanwar Lal on Wednesday, who in turn forwarded it to the Election Commission. "The Election Commission has to take a decision in this regard," Bhanwalal said.

 

The governor had returned the file to the chief minister on Feb 21, not satisfied with four of the eight persons who were sought to be appointed as information commissioners following public uproar over their political affiliations.

 

All the 10 information commissioners' posts have been lying vacant since� Nov 17, 2010 much to the consternation of the general public.

 

The governor had taken objection to the proposal for appointment of S Imtiaz Ahmed, M Vijaya Nirmala, Lam Tantiya Kumari and Varre Venkateswarlu as information commissioners as they had political affiliations. Imtiaz Ahmed, after retiring as district judge, was in the Telugu Desam Party and later had joined the Congress.

 

Similarly Lam Tantiya Kumari, who is the daughter of former deputy chief minister (the late K Ranga Rao)� fought elections in 2009 on a Congress ticket while Vijaya Nirmala was an activist of the erstwhile Praja Rajyam Party.

 

The chief minister, on Wednesday, sought clearance for sending the file for governor's assent to the remaining four names for appointment as information commissioners.

 

They are: C.Madhukar Raj, IFS (Retd), S Prabhakar Reddy, IPS (Retd), P Vijaya Babu, Editor of Andhra Prabha and M Ratan who retired recently as DGP (Vigilance and Enforcement).

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