4 months on, posts of CIC, SIC still vacant


After the two failed attempts to appoint persons of its choice to the office of state information commission (SIC) the government is facing a lot of heat with complaints and appeals piling up.
The functioning of the office of the Goa state information commission (GSIC) has virtually come to a standstill in the absence of officiating commissioners.Sources in the government said no fresh initiatives have been made to fill up the posts of chief information commissioner (CIC) and state information commissioner (SIC) which are vacant for the past four months.
Swapnil Naik, director of information and publicity, when asked about the progress made in filling the two posts, said as far as appointment of CIC is concerned, the file has come back from the government with a note that a committee constituted by it has been asked to suggest names for the post.
Two months ago, chief minister Manohar Parrikar had announced that a committee headed by advocate general A N S Nadkarni had been constituted to identify/suggest names for CIC and Lokayukta.
"The department had released an advertisement to fill the post of CIC but it is redundant in view of the Supreme Court order," said Naik.
As regards to the appointment of SIC, Naik said they have written to the government seeking its advice and the reply is awaited.
The post of CIC felt vacant in July 2012 when Motital S Keni completed his term whereas the post of the SIC is vacant since the resignation of Dr Pradeep Padwal in September 2012.
Currently, 467 appeals and 400 complaints are pending before the commission. M K Vasta, secretary of GSIC, when asked said they only allot dates for hearing to parties. They will have to continue with the task until the two posts are filled.
He said he has no idea when the two posts will he filled. On an average, the GSIC receives about four-five complaints a week. This only indicates that the government has gone into slow motion in filling the two posts even though the task of suggesting names was given to a three-member committee for the appointment of a CIC. [TOI]