Khurshid Ganai recommended as Chief Information Commissioner

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Srinagar, A selection panel headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday decided on the appointment of Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, a former bureaucrat, as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Jammu & Kashmir.

Sources told KNS that the selection panel which met in State Guest House Jammu this evening finalized the name of Khurshid Ahmad Ganai for the post of Chief Information Commissioner. The panel’s recommendation will now go to the Governor for approval.

The CIC and two Information Commissioners are appointed by the Governor on recommendations of the selection panel.

Ganai has held coveted positions in the State as well as in Central bureaucracy.

An IAS officer of 1982 batch, Ganai served in the Union Ministries of Information & Broadcasting and Home Affairs.

He also served as Advisor to Governor NN Vohra for a brief period in 2016 when State came under Governor’s Rule following the demise of then Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

According to sources, the selection committee comprising Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and leader of the largest opposition party Omar Abdullah, reached a consensus over Ganai’s name without much deliberations.

“The meeting lasted for 5-10 minutes,” sources said.

Sources privy to the meeting said the issue of appointment of two Information Commissioners (ICs) was not on agenda of today’s meeting.

“The Chief Minister told members of the selection panel that a new meeting will be convened to discuss the appointment of Information Commissioners,” they said.

The State Information Commission comprises of a Chief Information Commissioner and two Information Commissioners.

The SIC became defunct on November 7 last year when its member Nazir Ahmad completed his 5-year term.

The Commission is headless for the past one year after its Head GR Sufi completed his 5-year term on February 27, 2016.

Another member of the Commission, Dr SK Sharma had already completed his term on October 31, 2015.

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