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Wajahat not to head J&K Information panel

The designated Chief Information Commissioner for Jammu and Kashmir, Wajahat Habibullah, is not coming to the state as the Centre has not appointed his successor even five months after he had put in his papers as CIC at the national level, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2010 14:21 IST
Arun Joshi

The designated Chief Information Commissioner for Jammu and Kashmir, Wajahat Habibullah, is not coming to the state as the Centre has not appointed his successor even five months after he had put in his papers as CIC at the national level.

Wajahat Habibullah, 1968 batch IAS officer of J&K cadre and the first CIC of India, was designated as first CIC of the state in September last year when Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had asked him to come to the state and give a kick start to Right to Information movement in Jammu.

" I told the chief minister yesterday that I would not be able to join as the CIC, J&K, because my successor has not been named and since I am retiring in September, five months period would be less than sufficient to accomplish my task," Wajahat told Hindustan Times over phone from New Delhi, while confirming that he would stay put as the CIC at the national level.

Omar will now be looking for a new CIC and two commissioners for the Right to Information Commission.

The commission is non-functional for the past seven months.

Wajahat, however, has assured the state government that he would help the state in making the RTI movement a successful one in whatever manner he could do so.

" I will help, wherever my help is required," he said .

Though Jammu and Kashmir was the first state to effect RTI way back in 2004, but its RTI commission is yet to be constituted.

Regarding his role as an interlocutor between separatists and the Centre , Wajahat said : " Home Minister has said that it is has to be a quiet dialogue, let's not talk about it."