Vacant posts in all SIC benches may render RTI Act toothless: Report

The Maharashtra SIC’s report takes note of the various administrative and functional lapses hindering the functioning of the Commissionerates.

  1. The Right to Information Act seems to have become a victim of govt. apathy.
  2. There is 35% vacancies in all benches of the State Information Commission (SIC) and reluctance from senior officers to take up role of Information Officers.
  3. As mandated by the RTI Act, the SIC benches hear the second appeals filed by the applicants and pass orders which are quasi-judiciary in nature.
  4. RTI activists said that lack of suo motu declaration of information, is one of the major reasons for more number of appeals.
RTI – CIC, RTI Backlog, etc.
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