Selection of CIC: PDP to boycott meeting

Continuing its boycott of official engagements, the opposition Peoples` Democratic Party said it would not participate in the meeting to select Chief Information Commissioner for Jammu and Kashmir.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 21:28 PM IST

Srinagar: Continuing its boycott of official
engagements, the opposition Peoples` Democratic Party
said it would not participate in the meeting to select Chief
Information Commissioner for Jammu and Kashmir.

Party president Mehmooba Mufti said it would be an
exercise in futitlity to attend the meeting as the process of
selection of CIC and other Information Commissioners was not
"transparent".

She was responding to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah`s
letter to her calling her to attend the meeting of the
selection panel.

The PDP is boycotting the on-going session of the state
assembly. Earlier, it had boycotted meetings of the District
Development Board. The party also did not participate in the
All-Party Meeting convened by the Chief Minister in July this
year.

"In normal course, it is expected the agenda for the
meeting should be accompanied by a panel of candidates for the
post to enable the committee members to seek information about
them," Mehbooba said.

"That unfortunately has not been done. Instead of an
in-house and open discussion among the selection committee
members, various names are doing the rounds in the media," she
said.

Mehoooba said such reports could have emanated from
official sources only as the state government kept mum on
their veracity.

She said the process of selection of the CIC should be
transparent and guided by the procedure followed at the
national level.

Mehbooba is also a member of the selection committees
to nominate chairperson of the State Accountability Commission
and the State Human Rights Commission.

PTI