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Jul 27, 2018
8:49PM

SC directs Centre, States to provide time schedule for filling up vacancies of Information Commissioners

The Supreme Court today expressed concern over vacancies at the Central Information Commission (CIC) and State Information Commissions (SIC).

The apex court directed the Centre and seven states to file an affidavit within four weeks giving a time schedule for filling up the positions. 

Asserting that at present there are four vacancies in the CIC and four more will be created by December this year, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also asked the Centre to explain why the posts in CIC remain vacant even as the advertisement for the same was issued in 2016.

Expressing concern over pendency of cases in the SICs, the bench also asked seven states -- Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha and Karnataka -- to file an affidavit giving a time frame for filling up the vacant posts.

The apex court said "strict view" will be taken if Centre or states default in filing the affidavit within four weeks.
 

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