New Delhi : Despite drawing flak from all quarters over controversial appointments to statutory bodies, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Friday went ahead and administered oath of office to two more commissioners here. Former chief secretary S.C. Choudhary, who retired Thursday, was appointed chief commissioner of the Right to Service (RTS) Commission, while Lt. Gen. (retired) Virender Singh Tonk was appointed commissioner on the RTS Commission.
Hooda defended his government’s decision to appoint new commissioners. “The commission has not been constituted in a hurry and all members were appointed in keeping with the constitution. The governor has authorized me to administer the oath to its members,” he claimed.
Hooda hurriedly administered oath of office to two commissioners on the State Information Commission and three commissioners on the RTS Commission at his residence Sunday, just a couple of hours after new governor Kaptan Singh Solanki took charge.
He went ahead with the appointments despite the new governor assuming office and also the appointments being red-flagged by a senior officer.
In the past, the oath for constitutional posts, especially to the State Information Commission, was administered by the governor.
The Hooda government has also been left embarrassed by the objections raised against the appointments by senior bureaucrat Pradeep Kasni, who raised concerns that some of the appointees were holding offices of profit under the Haryana government and also some were not qualified enough for the posts. Kasni also raised questions about the procedure followed in making the appointments.