Monday, January 24, 2011

RTI activists up in arms against AMK Nayak’s appointment as CIC

Right to Information (RTI) activists have registered their strong protest against former senior bureaucrat AMK Nayak as the state chief information commissioner (CIC).
The state government, in its order on Friday, had announced the selection of Nayak as the CIC. However, DNA, in its report had disclosed that Nayak was an ardent opponent of the RTI Act and did not deserve to be heading the information commission. The RTI activists, advocates and the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) spoke in unison opposing his appointment. Responding to the DNA report, a group of advocates under the banner of Mahithi Hakku Horata Kenrda Samithi, said they would oppose Nayak’s appointment. Their representation before Governor HR Bhardwaj stated that five names were recommended by the chief minister to the post of CIC and information commissioners.

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