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Friday, 3 February 2012

AP Government's Appointment of RTI Commissioners Violates RTI Act

AP Government's Appointment of RTI Commissioners Violates RTI Act
Hyderabad, February 3: The long delayed appointments for the post of A.P. State Information Commissioners has disappointed not only the people of A.P. but all the concerned people across the nation.
The RTI Act which is the culmination of a long struggle by the people’s movements to bring transparency and accountability in the system is slowly becoming a farce in the hand of the politicians.
It is very disgusting that the statutory committee consisting of the two ruling party members, the C.M. and his nominee minister and the opposition leader together colluded to pocket these crucial and vital posts to give them away to their cronies. They have thrown all decency and decorum of the public office to the wind.
The five persons among the eight selected are from the political background and one is still in government service. These kind of unhealthy practices will destroy the already soiled democratic fabric.
It is high time an amendment is made to the section 15(3) of RTI Act to remove the politicians role from the selection process and make it much more participatory, transparent and inclusive of citizens and other democratic institutions.
We request the Honourable Governor to send back the file and see that the meritorious among the aspirants are selected.
Sandeep Pandey, P Chennaiah, Ramakrishna Raju, Sarasvathy Kavula, P S Ajay, Rajendra Ravi, Anand mazgaonkar, Vimal Bhai, Madhuresh Kumar

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