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G C Murmu and R K Mathur will be LG of J&K and Ladakh respectively

Putting speculations to rest and once again coming up with surprise, the Modi Government has appointed Girish Chandra Murmu (IAS:1985:Gujarat) and R K Mathur (IAS:1977:TR) as Lieutenant Governors of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh respectively when two Union territories are created on 31 October.

The outgoing Expenditure Secretary Murmu, a close confidante of Modi, had previously served as Additional Principal Secretary to Narendra Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister. He was brought to the Finance Ministry in 2015 and later became Expenditure Secretary in May this year. Mathur had joined the transparency watchdog Central Information Commission after retirement and later became the country’s Chief Information Commissioner.

JK Governor Satya Pal Malik will take over as Governor of Goa replacing Mridula Sinha.

Former IB director Dineshwar Sharma, who was working as interlocutor, has become administrator of Lakshadweep.

Some other changes included with Kerala BJP president PS Sreedharan Pillai being appointed as Governor of Mizoram. He replaces Jagdish Mukhi, the Assam Governor who held the additional charge of Mizoram after Kummanam Rajasekharan resigned in March 2019 to contest the Lok Sabha election against Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram. 

26 Oct 2019
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Former Punjab DGP Arora made state CIC

Former Punjab DGP Suresh Arora (IPS:1982:PB) is appointed the state's new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). Rather fortuitously, it was during his tenure as DGP that the State Information Commission shortlisted the Punjab Police department as the ‘Best Govt. Department to implement RTI’. Arora, an IPS officer of 1982 batch, retired in February this year after 33 years of service. He became DGP of Punjab Police in October 2015.

10 Jul 2019
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G C Murmu and R K Mathur will be LG of J&K and Ladakh respectively

By IndianMandarins 26 Oct 2019

Putting speculations to rest and once again coming up with surprise, the Modi Government has appointed Girish Chandra Murmu (IAS:1985:Gujarat) and R K Mathur (IAS:1977:TR) as Lieutenant Governors of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh respectively when two Union territories are created on 31 October.

The outgoing Expenditure Secretary Murmu, a close confidante of Modi, had previously served as Additional Principal Secretary to Narendra Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister. He was brought to the Finance Ministry in 2015 and later became Expenditure Secretary in May this year. Mathur had joined the transparency watchdog Central Information Commission after retirement and later became the country’s Chief Information Commissioner.

JK Governor Satya Pal Malik will take over as Governor of Goa replacing Mridula Sinha.

Former IB director Dineshwar Sharma, who was working as interlocutor, has become administrator of Lakshadweep.

Some other changes included with Kerala BJP president PS Sreedharan Pillai being appointed as Governor of Mizoram. He replaces Jagdish Mukhi, the Assam Governor who held the additional charge of Mizoram after Kummanam Rajasekharan resigned in March 2019 to contest the Lok Sabha election against Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram. 

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Former Punjab DGP Arora made state CIC

By IndianMandarins 10 Jul 2019

Former Punjab DGP Suresh Arora (IPS:1982:PB) is appointed the state's new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). Rather fortuitously, it was during his tenure as DGP that the State Information Commission shortlisted the Punjab Police department as the ‘Best Govt. Department to implement RTI’. Arora, an IPS officer of 1982 batch, retired in February this year after 33 years of service. He became DGP of Punjab Police in October 2015.

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Govt asked to share names of tainted officers since 2010

By IndianMandarins 27 Mar 2019

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has advised the government to make public the names of all IAS officers against whom prosecution sanction has been granted as well as denied since 2010.

 

The CIC advice/order comes on an RTI petition filed by lawyer/activist Nutan Thakur in May 2017, whereby she sought copies of the department of personnel and training’s files and letters and notes exchanged between DoPT and various officers regarding criminal cases against them from 2010 to 2017.

 

The government is bound to work on the CIC advice/order unless it chooses to appeal in a high court, an option it can exercise. But within the CIC, the process of appeals is complete. If the government follows the CIC advice, it may set a new and wholesome precedent in transparency.

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Former Gujarat cadre IPS goes to CIC

By IndianMandarins 26 Feb 2019

Former Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rahul Sharma has approached the CIC after his RTI request, demanding copies of a state government proposal to the Home Ministry seeking disciplinary proceedings against him, was rejected on the grounds of being personal information.

 

The appeal was heard by Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava recently where Sharma argued that since he was seeking information about an order pertaining to him, the denial on the grounds of it being "personal information" was flawed.

 

The 1992-batch IPS officer quit the service in 2015 post several run-ins with the then Gujarat government after he had submitted a CD containing crucial call records related to the 2002 riots to the Nanavati Commission.

 

During the hearing before Bhargava, Sharma said after his voluntary retirement in 2015, the Gujarat government instituted departmental proceedings against him.

 

"However, as per Section 6(1)(b)(i) of the All India Services (Death cum Retirement Benefit) Rules 1958, such departmental proceedings cannot be instituted without the sanction of the Central Government," he told the CIC.

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SC limits entry of civil servants in CIC, SICs

By IndianMandarins 16 Feb 2019

The Apex Court ordered on Friday that the selection of Information Commissioners for the CIC and State ICs should include people of eminence from various fields and not be limited to bureaucrats, a "bias" which is "writ large" in the current selection process.

 

It said Parliament intended persons of eminence in public life be taken as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) as well Information Commissioners but a "strange phenomenon is happening", that those persons who have been selected belong to only one category which is public service.


It said that to bring transparency in the selection of ICs, states should adopt the process adopted by the Centre in which it uploads on the website the names of the Search Committee, the names of the candidates who have been shortlisted as well as the criteria which is followed for selection.

 

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer said that the RTI Act is enacted not only to sub-serve and ensure freedom of speech but on proper implementation, "it has the potential to bring about good governance which is an integral part of any vibrant democracy".

 

"Many persons who fit in the aforesaid criteria have been applying for these posts. However, a strange phenomenon which we observe is that all those persons who have been selected belong to only one category, namely, public service, i.e., they are the government employees," it said.

 

"In fact, even the Search Committee which short-lists the persons consist of bureaucrats only. For these reasons, official bias in favor of its own class is writ large in the selection process", it added.

 

The top court directed the Centre and eight states -- West Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka -- to fill up the vacancies without any delay within a period of one month to six months.

 

"For this purpose, it would be apposite that the process for filling up of a particular vacancy is initiated 1 to 2 months before the date on which the vacancy is likely to occur so that there is not much time lag between the occurrence of vacancy and filling up of the said vacancy," it said.

 

Dealing with transparency in the selection process, the bench said, "Insofar as transparency in appointment of Information Commissioners is concerned, pursuant to the directions given by this Court, the Central Government is now placing all necessary information including issuance of the advertisement, receipt and applications, particulars of the applicants, composition of Selection Committee etc. on the website. All States shall also follow this system".

 

The bench said that as per the RTI Act, the appointment of information commissioners and CIC is done on the same terms and conditions as applicable to the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioner but it would be appropriate if the terms and conditions are made public.

 

"It would also be appropriate if the said terms and conditions on which such appointments are to be made are specifically stipulated in the advertisement and put on the website as well," it said.

The court further added that it would also be appropriate for the Search Committee to make the criteria for shortlisting the candidates’ public so that it is ensured that shortlisting is done on the basis of objective and rational criteria.

 

"The right to information, therefore, is not only a constitutional right of the citizens but there is now legislation in the form of RTI Act which provides a legal regime for people to exercise their fundamental right to information and to access information from public authorities," the bench said.

 

With regard to West Bengal, the bench suggested that at least three more posts for IC should be created to clear the pendency of cases and the decision in this behalf should be taken by the state government within one month and the newly created posts shall be filled within six months thereafter.

 

It asked Andhra Pradesh to fill the post of state chief information commissioner and information commissioner at the earliest and in any case within three months from the date of the verdict.

 

Similar directions for filling up the existing vacancies in SICs within a period six months were issued by the apex court for Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka.

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CIC & 03 ICs retiring this month leaving only three on CIC Panel

By IndianMandarins 13 Nov 2018

The Central Information Commission (CIC) will see the exit of four Information Commissioners including the Chief Information Commissioner following the completion of their term. CIC and ICs hold office for a term of 5 years or till they attain the age of 65 years.

 

Yashovardhan Azad (Retd IPS) and M Sridhar Acharyulu are completing their term on 21 November. CIhief Information Commissioner R K Mathur (Retd IAS) is due to retire on November 24 whereas Amitava Bhattacharya (Retd IAS) will be retiring on December 01.

 

This will leave the CIC panel with just 03 ICs namely - Sudhir Bhargava (Retd IAS), Bimal Julka (Retd IAS) and Divya Prakash Sinha (Retd IPS).

 

All it will reduce the strength of the CIC to just three on December 01 as opposed to the sanctioned strength of 11.

 

The process to fill up the anticipated vacancies kick-started in the mid of the year but the appointments are yet to be made. The Central government has not filled any vacant posts in the CIC since 2016.

 

In July 2018, the Supreme Court had directed the central government to inform as to by when it would be filling the posts of the vacant information commissioners. On the day of the hearing in court, the government had in a hurry issued an advertisement for filling up the vacancies in the CIC. But there was no mention about the number of posts it intended to fill up.

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CIC seeks details of corruption complaints from PMO

By IndianMandarins 22 Oct 2018

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has sought details about allegations of corruption against ministers sent to PMO. The CIC has directed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to disclose complaints of corruption received against Union Ministers between 2014 and 2017 and the action taken on them.

 

CIC Radha Krishna Mathur, while considering a plea of whistle-blower IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, directed the PMO to share information on the quantum and value of black money brought back from abroad during the tenure of the BJP-led government at the Centre, along with records of efforts made in this direction. The order asked the PMO to disclose information related to deposits made by the government in bank accounts of Indian citizens from the black money brought from abroad.

 

The PMO had termed the questions asked by Chaturvedi, in his RTI application related to black money, as not covered in the definition of “information” that can be accessed under the Right to Information Act, but Mathur rejected the contention.

 

“The commission further observed that the respondent has not given correct and specific reply/information to the appellant on point numbers 1(b) (corruption complaints against ministers), 4, 5, 12 & 13 (related to corruption in AIIMS) of the RTI application,” CIC Mathur noted.

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