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Centre defies SC order on CIC appointments

In News:

  • The Centre has denied a Right to Information (RTI) request for details of the ongoing recruitment process for four
    vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC), despite a recent Supreme Court order mandating that such
    information be made public.

In Brief:

  •  To Note: The CIC is the RTI Act’s highest appellate body.
  •  “The judgment of the Honourable Supreme Court given in WP No. 436 of 2018 is under consideration of the
    department,” according to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in its reply to RTI activist Anjali
    Bhardwaj’s request for information on the number, names and particulars of applicants, the process being followed to
    short-list them, and any search committee that has been constituted to fill these vacancies.

The SC’s Order:

  • In an interim order as well as in its final order in the case the SC had directed the Centre and States to pro-actively
    disclose all information regarding the recruitment advertisement, the particulars of the applicants, the search and
    selection committees and the criteria for short-listing candidates on their websites.

About the CIC:

How is Central Information Commission constituted?

  • . Under the provision of Section-12 of RTI Act 2005 the Central Government shall, by notification in the Official
    Gazette, constitute a body to be known as the Central Information Commission.


  • The Central Information Commission shall consist of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and such number
    of Central Information Commissioners not exceeding 10 as may be deemed necessary.

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