14 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

CIC’s depleted strength

CIC’s depleted strength

The Central Information Commission (CIC) is acutely short of information commissioners. Against the sanctioned strength of 10 information commissioners, it has only six. And by this year end, three more posts of ICs and one post of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) may fall vacant. In the normal course, the posts should be advertised now, but there does not appear to be any move so far in that direction. Information commissioners Yashovardhan Azad and Prof. M.S. Acharyulu will complete their tenure on 21 November and two days later CIC R.K. Mathur will complete his tenure whereas information commissioner and retired IAS officer Amitava Bhattacharya will complete his tenure in the first week of December. But the shortfall is not restricted to the top, it runs all the way down. Out of a total 160 sanctioned posts in various categories in the CIC, 38 posts had been filled up by regular officers and staff through deputation and direct recruitment. Balance posts have been filled-up on outsourced basis and through contractual appointments till such time regular recruitments are made. But when that time will come, no one knows.

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