Tuesday, July 27, 2010

RTI activists apply for info heads post seek transparency

Taking a leaf from a nationwide campaign carried out by eminent citizens, right to information (RTI) activists in Tamil Nadu have adopted a novel method to make the government ensure a transparent selection process while appointing a successor to the state's central information commissioner — they have launched a campaign asking all those who are interested in RTI issues to apply for the post.

With TN chief information commissioner S Ramakrishnan's term coming to an end next month, the idea is to flood the government with applications so that it is forced to come out with eligibility criteria and selection process for candidates. Also, activists whose applications get rejected could then move court to challenge the appointment if it does not come across as transparent. As per Section 15 of the RTI Act, the chief information commissioner "shall be a person of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance."

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