With the five-year tenure of four state information commissioners due to end in the span of next six months, the Right to Information (RTI) activists in the city are demanding the open and transparent selection of the next SICs by the state government.
The activists have also sent a letter to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan demanding a transparent procedure of publishing an advertisement stating the suitable criteria for SIC and also of calling nominations and applications to fill the post.
“Section 15(5) of RTI Act states that “eminent citizens” from various walks of life are to be appointed as inform-ation commissioners,” said Krishna Rao, one of the acti-vists.
“The legislative intent is clear — the selection procedure must be broad-based, and not biased in favour of former government officials. However, the earlier selections have been arbitrary, non-transparent and questionable,” Rao added.
He added, “In coming months, four benches of the Maharashtra State Information Commission will fall vacant. It is time for you to issue circulars and advertisements announcing suitability criteria, and also calling for nominations and applications.”