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Anna Hazare will take on state on info chief selection

Anna Hazare, the anti-corruption crusader, will question the state government on the process followed for the appointment of the state’s chief information commissioner (CIC) and information commissioners (IC).

mumbai Updated: Oct 11, 2010 01:24 IST
Kunal Purohit

Anna Hazare, the anti-corruption crusader, will question the state government on the process followed for the appointment of the state’s chief information commissioner (CIC) and information commissioners (IC).

Hazare agreed to intervene after Right To Information (RTI) activists, including GR Vora and Raja Bunch, met him on the sixth day of fellow activist Krishnaraj Rao’s fast-unto-death in Ralegan Siddhi. Rao is fasting to protest the allegedly unlawful appointment procedure followed by the State.

Hazare’s aide, Anil Sharma, said: “He (Hazare) has studied the issue and decided that he’ll question the government on why these appointments were made without advertising for the posts. He will call the governor immediately and exhort him to stop the unlawful appointments.”

A state panel comprising Ashok Chavan, chief minister (CM), Chhagan Bhujbal, deputy CM and Eknath Khadse, opposition leader, met on Friday and appointed Vilas Patil, former bureaucrat and Nagpur’s information commissioner, the CIC.

The Right to Information Act, 2005, says only eminent people with ‘wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance’ shall be made the state CIC and IC.

Activists allege that the state did not invite applications from such persons or advertised the post’s vacancy. They are elated about Hazare stepping in. “It’s a big boost for us. When person of his stature is supporting us, the state will be forced to listen,” Vora said.

On Saturday night, the Parner police told Rao to discontinue his fast. “I was picked up by officers from Parner police station and taken to the tehsildar where I was asked why I had not taken permission to go on a fast inside Ralegan Siddhi,” Rao said. “They have warned me to not fast within the limits of Ralegan Siddhi.”

Rao has decided to spend the night at Parner and travel to Ralegan Siddhi ashram every morning.