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    Department of personnel and training has not taken any concrete measures to fill up the existing vacancies of Information Commissioners in CIC- RTI

    An RTI query by journalism student Saurav Das exposed that the department of personnel and training has neither taken any concrete measures to fill up the existing vacancies nor initiated efforts to advertise for other positions that will fall vacant by the year-end. 

    Central public information officer and under-secretary (personnel and training) Rajbir Singh, while replying to Das’ query, said the department had initiated the process of appointing two information commissioners (whose tenures ended in December 2016 and February 2017) in August 2016 and published an advertisement on the department’s website.

    However, the department, which received 225 applications, delayed the selection process for more than one year. Finally, after a prolonged delay, it sent the file to the cabinet secretary four months ago. The file has been pending with the cabinet secretary since then, Das said.

    Singh admitted that the department had not initiated any selection process for two more information commissioner posts that fell vacant in September last year and January this year. 

    Also, Das said, the department had not even published an advertisement seeking applications from eligible candidates for the vital posts in the commission.

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    Since implementation of RTI act not in Modi Government wish list ànd burocracy also afraid of RTI act therefore pendency rate of Appeals/Complaint being piled with CIC.

    Ultimate information seekers are most suffering with this attitude and transparency in government being eliminated.

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