Mallikarjun Kharge, a leader of Congress in Lok Sabha on 3 October 2014 was inducted into the three-member CIC selection committee. The committee will select the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC).
The other two members of the committee are Prime Minister Narendra Modi (as head) and Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitely.
Kharge was inducted in the selection committee by virtue of being the leader of the single largest party in the opposition in Lok Sabha as there as there was a lack of clarity on the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha.
Till now, appointment of the CIC was on hold since 22 August 2014, because there was no clarity on the status of leader of opposition in Lok Sabha. For this purpose the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had sought a clarification from the Lok Sabha secretariat as early as June 2014.
In October 2014, the PMO directed the DoPT to issue an advertisement for the position. This fact was made public in response to an RTI application by Lokesh Batra.
Why a Leader of Opposition was required?
The Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 says that CIC selection can be done by a three-member panel comprising the Prime Minister, who shall be the Chairperson of the committee, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and a cabinet minister nominated by the Prime Minister.
For removal of doubts, the Act has declared that where the Leader of Opposition in the House of the People has not been recognised as such, the Leader of the single largest group in opposition of the Government in the House of the People shall be deemed to be the Leader of Opposition.
When: on 3 October 2014
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