Throw some Light on the issues associated with functioning of the central information commission. Suggest measures to address these issues.
Central information commission is a Quasi judicial body, which is an appellate for the RTI process. It consists of Chief Information Commissioner and 10 information commissioners.
Issues in functioning:
- Vacancies and delay in appointment of CIC and ICs.
- RTI act amendment has eroded the autonomy and independence of CIC.
- CIC and ICs are mostly bureaucrats; there is a need for diversity by appointing RTI specialists, legal expert, etc.
- Lack of standardization in forms and process of appeal, leading to rejection of petitions.
- Pending appeals of thousands of cases, which take years to resolve.
- Many anonymous complaints, fail to appear before CIC.
- Lack of geographical reach, hindering accessibility.
- Recruit more ICs from diverse backgrounds.
- Use of ICT in its functioning to improve efficiency.
- Timely filing of vacancies.
- Standardize the process by increasing infrastructure.
- Increase geographical reach.
Thus, better functioning of RTI needs to be backed by strong legislations for realising true potential of the act.
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