Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra legislative assembly Eknath Khadse has asked chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to appoint heads for various key committees that have been lying vacant for more than three years.
In a letter addressed to Chavan last week, Khadse underlined the urgency to name a candidate as chairman of the state commission for women in the context of the increasing incidents of assaults on women.
“We have raised this issue on several occasions, inside and outside the legislature, but yet the posts remain vacant. Some of the posts are lying vacant since 2008,” said Khadse, who is a BJP MLA.
dna had reported on this matter on September 3, 2013. Other posts that have been vacant are chairmen of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada), the Haj committee and Wakf board, and three information commissioners in the Konkan region.
While this matter has been highlighted by some other leaders too, state chief secretary JK Banthia explained that the posts were lying vacant for want of the right people.
Mhada, the nodal body that plans affordable housing, is also headless since 2011. “The state government should take this matter seriously and action should be initiated to fill up the posts,” said Khadse.
RTI activist Anil Galgali, who has also taken up this matter with the chief minister, said, “I have written to the chief minister. However, I got the CC of a message from the chief minister’s office saying that a copy of the dna report had been forwarded to the chief secretary JK Banthia for further course of action.”