Post of focal data magistrate falls empty for fifth time in most recent six years
The post of the Chief Information Commissioner of the Central Information Commission (CIC) has fallen empty with the retirement of Bimal Julka on August 27. This is the fifth time over the most recent six years that the commission has been delivered headless. Four posts of data officials are additionally empty in the CIC.
"At present in excess of 35,000 interests and protests are pending in the commission which has prompted in individuals sitting tight for quite a long time, even a long time for their cases to be arranged, along these lines baffling their entitlement to know," said RTI extremist Anjali Bhardwaj.
"Since May 2014, not a solitary magistrate of the CIC has been selected without the individuals moving toward courts," she guaranteed in an announcement delivered on Friday.
The announcement said that in its February 2019 judgment, the Supreme Court had completely expressed that if the CIC doesn't have a Chief Information Commissioner or required quality of magistrates, it unfavorably influences the working of the RTI Act and "may even add up to nullifying the very reason for which this Act came into power".
To guarantee ideal arrangements, the pinnacle court had coordinated that the cycle of determination ought to initiate a couple of months before the opportunity emerging.
A year ago, another request was recorded in the Supreme Court with respect to four opportunities in the CIC. In its request in December 2019, the SC guided the administration to fill all opportunities inside a time of 3 months.
The announcement further said that even after that the request has not been followed till date. The administration filled just one post by designating Dr Amitava Pandove. Notwithstanding, in March 2020, the count went up to four again when another post became empty while existing official, Bimal Julka, was selected as the boss.
It is appropriate to take note of that other than the fliers dated July 9, 2020, welcoming applications for the post of the boss and data chiefs, no different subtleties have been set in the open space.
"The disappointment of the administration to make opportune arrangements of chiefs is an outrageous infringement of the bearings of the Supreme Court," the lobbyist said.