Goa state government accepts resignation of the Information Commissioner
The Goa government accepted the resignation of Information Commissioner of the State Information Commission (SIC) Mr. Pradeep Padwal. He had submitted his resignation following the Supreme Court ruling in Namit Sharma case that information commissioners should have judicial backgrounds.
A notification issued by Swapni Naik, Director of Information and Publicity read that “In pursuance of sub-section (3) of Section 15 of the RTI Act, 2005 (Central Act No. 22 The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (19 of 1923), and any other law for the time being in force or in any instrument having effect by virtue of any law other than this Act. of 2005) (hereinafter referred to of the said 'Act'), the Governor of Goa is pleased to accept the resignation of Pradeep Padwal”.
Another prospective candidate for the post of Information Commissioner of the SIC Mr. Pandurang Nadkarni, had withdrawn his candidature following allegations against him. Transparency in the appointment of the Information Commissioners is the need of the hour.