Aires Rodrigues submits memorandum to Wanchoo

Right to Information (RTI) activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues on Friday sought the intervention of Governor B.V. Wanchoo in the immediate appointment of a Lokayukta and formation of the State Information Commission.

The activist met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan here and submitted a memorandum highlighting the need for a strong Lokayukta on priority to curb corruption and maladministration.

Stating that the selection of the Goa Lokayukta should be done by the Governor in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, Mr. Rodrigues expressed the need for Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to keep away from the selection and setting up of the Lokayukta.

Referring to the delay in the appointment of Lokayukta and the statements of Mr. Parrikar that he was unable to get an appropriate person to be appointed as Lokayukta, Mr. Rodrigues stated in his memorandum that if the Chief Minister was interested in appointing the Lokayukta, all that was required to be done was to write to the Chief Justice of India and possibly to some chief justices of high courts of Bombay, Karnataka and Gujarat requesting them to recommend some names.

Drawing the Governor’s attention to the State Information Commission, the RTI activist stated that the selection of the Information Commissioner should be done immediately in a transparent manner with no political interference.

He stated that non-filling of important posts such as Information Commissioner had resulted in denial to citizens the right to knowledge and information guaranteed under the Constitution. He questioned the claim of transparency of the government.

Pointing out that the RTI Act seeks information to be made available to the public by all departments by uploading the same on websites, the activist expressed confidence that this would go a long way in eradicating corruption.