Queries Pile up as CIC Post Stays Vacant

  • At a time when transparency and access to information have emerged as prerequisites of good governance, there are over 36,000 Right to Information queries pending at the Central Information Commission
  • The Information Commission has been functioning without a Chief Information Commissioner for almost four months now.
  • According to information furnished by the Department of Personnel and Training, 203 people, including all seven serving Information Commissioners and a former DoPT secretary, have applied for the top post, lying vacant since August 22.
  • The information was provided to Commodore (retired) Lokesh Batra in response to a RTI query.
  • It further said that the number of pending cases in the CIC bench increased by 47 per cent, from 7,655 to 11,212 in the four months since the retirement of the previous chief Rajiv Mathur.
  • The government had invited applications for the post of CIC on October 24,the last date for application was November 23.
  • As on January 4, there were 36,319 pending cases before the Commission.
  • The bulk of these  28,888 to be precise  were appeals while the rest 7,431 were complaints.