No step taken to fill posts in information panels: SC

Bench asks Centre and West Bengal, A.P., Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Karnataka to submit a status report The Supreme Court has said that posts in the Central Information Commission (CIC) and in State Information Commissions (SICs) are lying vacant and no effective steps have been taken to fill them. A Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and S. Abdul Nazeer has asked the Centre and States such as West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Karnataka to submit a status report on what steps have been taken to fill the posts. Advocate Prashant Bhushan submitted a chart which contained the status of vacancies in Information Commissions in the country. The report stated that there were eight vacancies, including that of Chief CIC, in the Central Information Commission. Mr. Bhushan said the CIC was functioning with only three Commissioners, due to which pendency had risen to 26,037 as on December 2. He pointed out that the advertisement issued by the Central government for the posts of Information Commissioners and the Chief Information Commissioner did not specify the salary and tenure. The court will hear the case on December 13.

Source  :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/no-step-taken-to-fill-posts-in-information-panels-sc/article25675752.ece

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