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RTI Activist demands fair-play in CIC & SIC appointments

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today demanded that the current selection process of the State Chief Information Commissioner and State Information Commissioner should not be stage managed and a mere eyewash. Alleging that the three member committee headed by the Chief Secretary appointed to shortlist the candidates were all known Yes-men of the Chief Minister, Adv. Rodrigues has recalled that the same committee on the earlier occasion on political pressure had high-handedly short listed Pandurang Nadkarni and Pradeep Padwal despite there being other candidates who were much more qualified for the post.  

Demanding that the best and the brightest should be appointed to these very vital positions, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that as provided under Section 15 (3) of the RTI Act, the Committee comprising of the Chief Minister, Leader of the Opposition and another Minister should themselves review all applications and select persons strictly on merit with no lobbying or fixing whatsoever.

Stating that the Government should  disclose in public domain, the names of  all applicants and those short listed, before the final name is selected, Adv. Rodrigues has suggested that the aspiring candidates need to be interviewed as relying solely on the bio-data submitted by them could end up selecting the wrong persons.Adv. Rodrigues has stated that to ensure proper implementation of the Right to Information Act, the State Information Commission should comprise of independent minded persons who would not succumb to the pressures and pulls of the politicians in power.

Pointing out that certain vested interests were secretly lobbying behind the scene to get a Maharashtra retired officer Leena Mehendale appointed as Information Commissioner, Adv. Rodrigues has demanded that only Goans should be considered for the post.Adv Rodrigues has wondered whether Mehendale’s visit to Goa earlier this year to give a talk on the RTI Act was to lay down the ground work for the coveted post of Information Commissioner.

Stating that Goa has already enough migrants, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that if this government was serious on its policy of Special status for Goa,  it should ensure that only eminent Goans areappointed to all positions possible as there was no dearth of such persons.


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