Friday, September 21, 2007

'What Constitution? Govt puts retired bureaucrats in top

Top bureaucrats of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's government have been sent running for cover by a simple query put up in a right to information (RTI) application. How did the government appoint three retired chief secretaries to posts not permitted by Article 319 of the Constitution? How indeed!

On May 16, one Amitabha Chowdhury of a non-governmental organisation filed an RTI with just one question: How did the government appoint Rathin Sengupta, N Krishnamurthy and Sourin Roy to the Human Rights Commission after they had retired from the PSC? Chowdhury has also asked for the file notings.

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