Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's official: Wajahat Habibullah head of Kashmir's RTI watchdog

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra has approved Wajahat Habibullah as the head of the state's information commission."Vohra signed the order Thursday," Jammu and Kashmir's Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Sagar told IANS Friday.Habibullah is likely to take oath and join the the new assignment Monday, the minister said. A 1968 batch IAS officer, Habibullah had already submitted his resignation as the central information commissioner to President Pratibha Patil.Habibullah had received an offer from Chief Minister Omar Abdullah earlier this month for the new post.Sagar said names have been short listed for two information commissioners and the supporting staff for the State Information Commission.After taking over as chief minister in January, Omar Abdullah listed implementation of the Right to Information Act as one of his top priorities so the state could be at par with the rest of the country.

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