Even as the sparring over nominations to boards and corporations continues, coalition partners JD(S) and Congress are currently concerned in a tussle over appointing a new chief information commissioner (CIC) to the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC). Sources say the Congress is development for retired cabinet minister Ratna Prabha, whereas JD(S) is in favor of a planter from Chikkamagaluru.
The post has remained vacant for over 3 months currently and hectic lobbying is on. the choice committee, headed by chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, is regular to fulfill on January 11. Deputy chief minister G Parameshwara and leader of the opposition within the assembly, BS Yeddyurappa, are members of the committee.
The government is stressed to appoint a CIC within the wake of a Supreme Court directive, however, sources say the ruling parties cannot agree on an accord candidate. The apex court has wanted a standing report from states wherever the CIC post is vacant. karnataka has filed a legal document and also the court will hear the matter on January 21.?
“Both JD(S) and Congress are sticking to their guns and humoring in politics,” claimed a senior official who is concerned within the appointment method. “Given things, we have a tendency to doubt if there’ll be an accord at Friday’s meeting.”
The selection committee was supposed to have met in November however, the meeting got delayed due to political turbulence over the difficulty of sugarcane growers in North Karnataka. “We have well-read the Supreme Court regarding the procedure we've followed to date,” said VN Rahupathi, an advocate who represents Karnataka within the Supreme Court. “The completion of the method is subject to more procedure.”
The CIC post is profitable since it's on par in terms of rank with the election commissioner. Pay and perks total Rs 2.5 lakh a month. Persons of eminence from across fields, together with administration, judiciary, science and technology, and journalism are eligible to use. The Janaspanadana wing of the department of personnel and administrative reforms (DPAR) had received over 300 applications.
Besides Prabha, the highest contenders are N Lakshminarayana, former additional chief secretary, Om Prakash, former director general of police and NR Vishukumar, former director of knowledge and promotion department. however, sources say the race is between Prabha, who is backed by Parameshwara, and the planter, who is claimed to own the blessings of JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda.
When asked to comment, Prabha said, “I am unaware of politics on the difficulty. I have applied as I'm eligible for the post and am waiting to listen to from the government.”