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BJP’s Pandurang Nadkarni appointed as State Information Commissioner

The three member high level committee comprising of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane and Urban Development Minister Francis D’ Souza today selected a staunch BJP supporter Pandurang Nadkarni as the next State Information Commissioner.

During Parrikar’s earlier tenure as Chief Minister Pandurang Nadkarni was appointed as Chairman of Goa SSC Board.

The selection of Pandurang Nadkarni for the post of State Information Commissioner would now go to the Goa Governor B V Wanchoo for his approval – he being the appointing authority.

27 had applied for the post of State Information Commissioner which draws a salary equivalent to the Chief Secretary of around Rs 1, 20,000 a month and has a term of five years.

A committee headed by Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava had short listed three names from the 27 who applied. The candidates short listed were an IAS officer D.C.Sahoo who has retired on 31st May, Dr Pradip Padwal former Director of Goa AIDS Society and Pandurang Nadkarni. It may be recalled that Sahoo in 2001 while Managing Director of Industrial Development Corporation was allegedly caught red handed accepting a bribe by the  then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. 

Meanwhile, Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today expressed anguish stating that it was a sad day for the RTI movement in the State as the selection of the State Information Commissioner was not on merit but a political choice.

Stating that the Lokayukta and Information Commission needs to be totally free from political control, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that he would be writing to the Governor of Goa to draw his attention to the unjust and unfair manner in which the Information Commissioner has been handpicked.

Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that the recently retired Principal of Salgaoncar College of Law Dr. Marian Pinheiro, had been deliberately sidelined though evidently being the most qualified and suitable for the post.

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