Monday, 14 December 2015

PM Narendra Modi-led panel to meet tom'w to decide new CIC

New Delhi,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection panel will meet on Friday to decide the new chief of Central Information Commission (CIC), which is headless for over a week

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge, who are members of the three-member panel, will also attend it, official sources said on Thursday

The transparency watchdog has gone headless, for the second time since the BJP Government came into power in 2014, after Vijai Sharma completed his tenure on December 1, after attaining 65 years of age. Sharma was appointed on June 9, this year

The CIC was without its chief for nearly 10 months after the completion of the tenure of the then Chief Information Commissioner Rajiv Mathur in August 2014

A total of 33,619 complaints and appeals are pending in the Commission as on Thursday, as per official data

The CIC comprises of one chief and ten Information Commissioners

At present, there are seven Information Commissioners-- Basant Seth, Yashovardhan Azad, Sharat Sabharwal, Manjula Prasher, M A Khan Yusufi, Madabhushanam Sridhar Acharyulu and Sudhir Bhargava-- in the Commission

As per convention, the senior most Information Commissioner is chosen as chief. Presently, Seth is the senior-most Information Commissioner

The Committee may also discuss on the names of three new Information Commissioners tomorrow. Another meeting of the selection committee may take place soon in case the panel could not decide on their names, the sources said.