The crucial meeting to select Goa’s new information commissioners has taken place and GoaChronicle.com has learned that one name has been shortlisted for the post of chief information commissioner (CIC) and two for state information commissioner (SIC) from a senior government official.
The name for CIC selected is retired IAS Officer Leena Mehendale while retired defense ministry officer Stanley Coutinho and Journalist Sandesh Prabhudesai have been selected for the post of SIC.
When GoaChronicle.com spoke with the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, he stated that at this point of time nothing can be confirmed.
The government had received 22 applications for CIC and 29 applications for SIC though some names were common and the shortlisting was done by the screening committee headed by the chief secretary B Vijayan earlier this month. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has said that the selection committee will meet on Monday to finalise the names for the two posts.
Headed by the chief minister, the selection panel includes opposition leader (Pratapsingh Rane) and a cabinet minister. Goa’s information commission is not functioning since last year. It will be one year on July 30 that the post of CIC is lying vacant after the incumbent retired. For SIC, the BJP government had appointed Pandurang Nadkarni, (who was chairman of Goa board of education during BJP’s last regime), but he declined after a controversy.
Dr Pradeep Paduwal was appointed SIC in early August 2012 but he quit with little more than one month in office. Since then, more than 1000 cases are pending before the information commission. The state government came under severe criticism when large number of activists and concerned citizens extended full support to Rajan Ghate who was on a week-long hunger strike at Azad Maidan, Panaji demanding filling of the two posts last week