Saturday, December 05, 2009

Retd DG to be West Bengal's second RTI commissioner

After operating with a lone information commissioner for four years, the state is scheduled to get its second information commissioner. Sujit Sarkar, the former Director General of West Bengal Police, will be sworn into the post on Thursday. Sarkar retired as the DG this June. He will be assisting Arun Bhattacharya, the Chief Information Commissioner, a former bureaucrat who is heading the state information commission since 2006. The appointment has had the RTI activists up in arms in a state which is at the bottom of the Right to Information (RTI) Act satisfaction table. They claim this has been done on grounds of favouritism and not transparency.
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