Meeting for CIC, CVC appointments inconclusive
The Prime Minister-led selection committees could not arrive at a decision on the appointment of chiefs of Central Information Commission (CIC) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) at its meeting on Saturday and decided to meet again.
“The meeting was held in amicable atmosphere. There were certain more information and details to be obtained in reference of the candidates under consideration. Therefore, it was decided that another meeting will be called next week at a mutually-convenient date,” Union Minister Jitendra Singh said after the meeting.
Saturday’s meeting was convened at the Prime Minister’s residence and was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh and senior officials of Prime Minister’s Office.
The selection panels were also to finalise the names of Information Commissioners in CIC and Vigilance Commissioners in CVC, official sources said.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had on May 6 questioned the delay in appointments of chiefs of CIC, CVC and Lokpal. The Right to Information Act, 2005, which ensures time bound reply to citizens’ query on governance matters, was brought by the Congress-led UPA government.
The CIC, which is mandated to resolve appeals and complaints filed against government departments or public authorities by information seekers under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has been working without its chief for over nine months.
Chief Information Commissioner Rajiv Mathur’s term as head of the transparency watchdog ended on August 22, 2014.
Besides, there is a vacancy of three Information Commissioners in the CIC.