Activists seek SC mediation amid soaring vacancies at info panels

NEW DELHI: With increasing vacancies in information commissions across India and Right to Information (RTI) cases piling up, activists have filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in Supreme Court seeking immediate appointments of information commissioners and clear directives to governments to initiate appointment process at least four months before a post falls vacant.
RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj, Amrita Johri and Lokesh Batra have approached Supreme Court seeking judicial intervention to straighten out appointment process in information commissions. The matter would be heard on July 2 when Supreme Court would decide whether to admit the matter.

An information commission should have 10 information commissioners and one chief. Central Information Commission (CIC), the final appellate authority for RTI appeals, has been functioning with seven commissioners since January. Two more vacancies, including that of the chief, would arise this year in November.

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