Info panel to IGICH: give director selection details by October 10

The selection process,in which an expert panel awarded marks,was held last year under the erstwhile BJP government.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published:October 5, 2013 2:36 am

The Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) has asked the quasi government Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (IGICH) to produce documents regarding selection of its director at the earliest.

The selection process,in which an expert panel awarded marks,was held last year under the erstwhile BJP government.

IGICH public information officer and administrator Muddalingappa had earlier told the KIC the institute did not have the documents.

The commission said the IGICH authorities erred by replying with a mere “No” to the request for information on the expert panel made on behalf of a doctor aggrieved by her non-selection to the post.

It said under the RTI Act,public information officers must provide full details of a document – whether it is not stored,whether it is destroyed – or face action.

The KIC has given the IGICH time till October 10 for full disclosure on the selection of R Premalatha as director of the institute over Asha Benakappa,who was second on the final list.

RTI activists have on behalf of Benakappa sought details of the marks awarded by experts Sunit Singhi,professor of pediatrics,PGIMER Chandigarh,and Girish Gupta,professor,department of pediatrics at the Armed Forces Medical College,Pune.

The IGICH has disclosed the final marks awarded by the panel comprising former medical education minister S A Ramdas,medical education secretary K S Prabhakar,medical education director G S Venkatesh,Singhi and Gupta but not provided a break-up.

Premalatha was awarded 7.5 of 15 marks and Benakappa 6.5.

Premalatha was appointed director on November 16,2012. The selection is being contested in the Karnataka high court by Benakappa.

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