Two journalists have pipped serving and retired bureaucrats to garner two of the three vacant Haryana Information Commissioner posts. The state search committee,that met on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda,has approved a retired journalist,a serving scribe at a vernacular and an IAS officer,who is on three months post superannuation extension,for the posts.
The search committee included Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal and Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Chaudhery and leader of opposition and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo Om Prakash Chautala,who is currently in jail but state authorities said they had informed him.
Both journalists,Yoginder Gupta who retired from The Tribune and Hemant Attri who currently works with the Dainik Bhasker in Delhi,are known for their proximity to Hooda. Home Secretary Samir Mathur,who retired last month but was given a three-month extension,is the other chosen candidate.
There were more than 30 applicants including Financial Commissioner (revenue) Krishna Mohan currently on a three-month extension. Serving IAS officer Ramendra Jakhu,a close relative of Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja,lost out at an earlier stage while another bureaucrat S C Chaudhary withdrew his candidature even before the appointment process had started.