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RTI activist on fast unto death in Haryana

chandigarh Updated: Aug 10, 2012 21:10 IST

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A Right to Information (RTI) activist is on a fast unto death in Karnal district of Haryana, demanding the state government to immediately fill the vacant posts of information commissioners.

Many posts of information commissioners are lying vacant in Haryana. Due to this, many pleas are pending with the commission for over a year in the state, said 38-year-old Monish Kumar Sharma, a resident of Karnal and a social worker, who has been sitting on a fast unto death since August 8 near Mahatama Gandhi statue close to the old court in the walled city.

Citing a ruling of Punjab and Haryana High court in April this year, he said the judiciary had directed the Haryana government to appoint information commissioners and set up a search committee for the purpose.

"However, till date the Haryana government had done nothing on this front...it amounts to contempt of court and violation of the RTI Act," he said. Sharma said that he wanted to meet chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is expected to visit Karnal, on August 15.