New Delhi: In what could be a startling revelation, a RTI query has disclosed that Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board with the Ministry of Environment and Forests has been given five successive extensions, that too after having completed 3 years of being on deputation with the board.
In response to a query by prominent RTI activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, the Central Public Information Officer of Ministry of Environment and Forests NA Siddiqui, an under secretary has disclosed that JS Kamyotra was appointed as Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board on 23 December 2008 on deputation basis.
Kamyotra’s three year term ended on 21 December 2011 and since then his deputation has been extended five times, until 21 June 2013 for now.
The information obtained under RTI also states that Kamyotra holds a regular post of Scientist ‘F’ in Central Pollution Control Board.
The RTI query also makes known that about 29 candidates had applied for the post of Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board, of which 18 candidates were even shortlisted to appear before the selection committee for interview.
However, the interview that was scheduled to be held on 18 March 2013 was later postponed on direction of the ‘competent authority’.