Saturday, January 08, 2011

Karnataka's next information commissioner is not a votary of RTI Act

Former senior bureaucrat AKM Nayak, who is being appointed the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC), once opposed transparency in governance. The government’s decision to appoint him as CIC has shocked many activists, who feel it would result in defeating the very purpose of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. A letter which is in DNA's possession written by Nayak on February 27, 2002, to Raju Prem Kumar, the then principal secretary of the department of personnel and administrative reforms (DPAR), is ample proof about Nayak’s proclivity. “During the past two years (that is, prior to 2002), the government has been acting in a hurry and repenting at leisure, be it the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act of 2001 or Right to Information Act. It should not create one more problem for itself,” writes Nayak.

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