Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil on Friday cleared the names of SP Singh and Praveen Kumar both retired IAS officers, to be appointed as members of the state information commission. Clearance given by the Governor to their names was confirmed by the chief minister's office.
The appointed of these two members would increase the state commission's strength to nine members, apart from a chief commissioner. This makes the SIC with highest number of members in the country. As per the provisions of Right to Information Act, there is still a vacancy of one member.
SP Singh retired as secretary food and civil supplies and was chairman of Pungrain. He is considered close to food and civil supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon.
Praveen Kumar worked as deputy commissioner of SAS Nagar and was OSD to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during the latter's tenure from 1997-2002.
Seven members in the commission include two journalists, two industrialists, one educationist and two retired bureaucrats. The commission is headed by former Punjab chief secretary RI Singh.
The name of Ashok Goyal, a retired bureaucrat who was MD Punsup, was proposed by the SAD-BJP government in its previous term but was not forwarded after the new government took over again on March 14.