Advertisement inviting Application for post of any Commission by Govt. of Odisha proved as Farce and Deception
The recent release of advertisement by the State Govt. seeking application from the interested persons for the post of State Food Commission has given an impression that the State Govt. is committed to maintain transparency in appointment which is false.
I would like to remind you that since few years, the State Government has been making arbitrary appointment in many Commissions like Odisha Information Commission without following any transparent procedure and publicly inviting any applications for the said post. For example, the appointment of Sri Jagadanad Mohanty and Prof. Radhamohan in the post of Odisha Information Commission was guided by whims and fancies of Chief Minister. As because they are known stooges of Govt. and close to Sri Pyari Mohapatra, then politically powerful person in BJD, they got appointment and proved themselves as most inefficient useless Information Commissioner in history of Odisha. As per the information obtained through RTI, the name of a person who may not be efficient and deserving candidate is simply selected for the post of the Commission overnight by Govt, and appointed without debate and discussion. That’s why functioning of almost all Commissions are questioned by Activists publicly.
After protracted fight of RTI Activists against arbitrary appointment for years together, the State Govt. for first time made public advertisement inviting application for the post of Information Commissioner and Chief Information Commissioner. By releasing the advertisement, the Govt. declared its commitment to enforce transparency in the appointment. But the tall claim of the Govt. was found false when the Selection Committee headed by Chief Minister appointed two people as Information Commissioner in June 2015 without following any transparent procedure which was exposed through RTI later on. The appointment was made as per their pre-fixed formula. The advertisement was just eye-wash exercise. That’s why the High Court took the cognizance of a writ petition challenging the Appointment of the Information Commission and issued notice to State Govt.
Similar arbitrary procedure has been followed in appointment of Odisha Child Rights Commission. This Commission has become political rehabilitation centre of State Govt. as the people who have got appointment are party worker of Biju Janata Dal or obliged to the said party.
It deserves to be mentioned here that the people from Civil Society who have got appointment in different Commission have proved themselves as trusted lieutenant of corrupt bureaucrats and degenerated the Institution for their narrow vested interest. For example, Sri Jagadanand Mohanty as Information Commissioner successfully masterminded in ensuring the GA plot in the name of his wife in 2011 without making any significant contribution for RTI in the state.