Published On: Mon, Jun 1st, 2015

Names of CIC, CVC chiefs cleared

New Delhi: Government and the opposition today agreed on the names of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), the posts that have been lying vacant for over nine months over which there has been criticism.

"The panels have met and their recommendations have been sent to President's office. All the names against the vacant posts have been sent to the President. I cannot tell you the names. The meeting was confidential," Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said after the meeting.

“The panels have met and their recommendations have been sent to President’s office. All the names against the vacant posts have been sent to the President. I cannot tell you the names. The meeting was confidential,” Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said after the meeting.

The agreement came at two meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in two different committees.

While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley attended the meeting on selection of CIC, Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the other meeting on CVC. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh was also present in the meetings.

The two meetings also cleared the names for three vacant posts of Information Commissioners and at least one Vigilance Commissioner.

“The panels have met and their recommendations have been sent to President’s office. All the names against the vacant posts have been sent to the President. I cannot tell you the names. The meeting was confidential,” Kharge said after the meeting.

To a question whether there was disagreement on the names, he said there is no question of agreement or disagreement on the names as of now.

A formal announcement of the names will take place after President Pranab Mukherjee, to whom the recommendations have gone, gives his assent. The President is away on a five-day visit abroad, till Thursday.

Both the selection panels are headed by Prime Minister.

The last meeting of the panel held here on May 23 had remained inconclusive.

PTI

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