30 per cent posts lie vacant in CIC, SICs: Study

30 per cent posts lie vacant in CIC, SICs: Study
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No appointment of State Chief Information Commissioners for JK, Andhra Pradesh and Nagaland

NEW DELHI: Over 30 per cent of posts of Chief Information Commissioners and Information Commissioners are lying vacant across the country, according to a study released Thursday by the NGO Transparency International India.
It said more than 2.5 crore RTI applications were received by all public authorities — central and state government departments under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act — during 2005 and 2016, it said.
“Out of the 156 posts of Chief Information Commissioners and Information Commissioners at the Union/State level, around 48 posts are vacant, i.e. 30.8 per cent vacant posts in Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions,” the study said.
There has been no appointment of State Chief Information Commissioners (as on October 10, 2018) for Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Nagaland, it said.
There are vacancies of Information Commissioners in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Tripura, among others, the study said.
During the years 2005-2016, more than 2.525 crore RTI applications were received by all public authorities as maintained by the Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions, said the study which was released on the eve of the RTI Day.
A penalty of about Rs 1.93 crore was also imposed by the Central Information Commission during the years 2005-2016 on various public authorities and official concerned, it said.
The RTI Act empowers citizens to seek time-bound reply from government departments on governance related matters.