Be it the Central Information Commission (CIC), State Information Commissions or the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), those who apply for the post of commissioners seldom get the job, government replies to various RTI applications have revealed.
And, in most cases the persons appointed are retired bureaucrats.
In case of the transparency watchdog CIC, none of the retired bureaucrats who were appointed had even applied for the job, the government reply to Right To Information Activist Arvind Kejriwal has revealed.
Except Shailesh Gandhi, all other commissioners in CIC including its Chief Wajahat Habibullah are retired bureaucrats.
“A large number of applications for the posts were received but the Department of Personnel and Training did not list them for the consideration of the selection committee,” Kejriwal said.
The story is not much different in the NCPCR, the body entrusted to monitor implementation of the Right To Education law.
Shantha Sinha never applied for the post of the chairperson but was selected for the post whereas those who applied were not even considered, an RTI reply to Raj Mangal Prasad has revealed.
Now, for selection of five members of the commission the Women and Child Development ministry has got 130 recommendations including five by Sinha herself. It includes names of Deepa Dixit and Sandhya Bajaj, whose term as commission members in April 2010.
“If a transparent procedure is not followed or any ineligible person is appointed then we would be forced to challenge the said appointment in the appropriate forum,” said Prashan Bhushan, in a letter to Women and Child Development minister Krishna Tirath.