New Delhi(WEB TEAM): The Modi government has decided to fill key posts in the Chief Vigilance Commission and the Information Commission, according to an NDTV report.
Ministers and officials will meet on Thursday at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence to decide on the names shortlisted for various posts. 12 people have reportedly been chosen from among 530 applicants
Modi has nominated Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to the panel that will select the Chief Information Commissioner and three other information commissioners.
The Chief Vigilance Commissioner and a Vigilance Commissioner on the other hand, will be appointed by a panel that includes PM Modi, Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
After the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, which saw the Congress reduced to just 44 seats, the lack of a Leader of Opposition presented a hurdle in the appointment of members to statutory bodies that require a bipartisan selection panel. The government then decided to allow the Congress to join the selection panels as the single largest opposition party.
Earlier this month, Congress President Sonia Gandhi slammed the Modi government in Parliament. She bemoaned the government's "deplorable lapse" in keeping posts vital to transparency and good governance vacant while showing "extraordinary urgency" in introducing bills.
"The PM in the election campaign made many fraudulent promises about transparency. And continues to do so. In a blatant U-turn, his government, through the absence of a Chief Information Commissioner, has made sure that the highest offices are not accountable under the RTI Act," she said in the Lok Sabha. She accused the government of "brutally weakening" the Right to Information Act, and urged it to "match its words of fighting corruption with action."