Wajahat likely to head J&K`s 1st info panel by Oct-end
Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah is likely take over as head of the first Information Commission of militancy torn Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this month.
New Delhi: Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah is likely take over as head of the first Information Commission of militancy torn Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this month.
Habibullah, a retired IAS officer from the J&K cadre, became the first chief of the transparency watchdog -- Central Information Commission -- in 2005, and he is positively "considering" a proposal of the state government to head its recently constituted Information Commission.
"I have received an offer that is correct. They (J&K government) are enforcing a new Act and under that they have offered me the post of State Chief Information Commissioner.
"It`s an offer from the Chief Minister (Omar Abdullah) but I cannot accept any offer as the Chief Information Commissioner. I will have to resign and then only I can accept it," Habibullah said.
The Chief Information Commissioner, who received the offer a few days back, has also sent his acceptance letter to the state government subject to acceptance of his resignation as CIC by President Pratibah Patail, official sources said.
However, 64-year-old Habibullah said he was yet to take a decision on the matter but it is likely that he puts in his papers by the end of this month or early next month.