RTI : No appointment of ICs

Facts:
  • Currently, there are four vacancies in the Central Information Commission, though more than 23,500 appeals and complaints are pending.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Commission is completely non-functional as not a single information commissioner has been appointed.
  • The Maharashtra Commission which has a backlog of more than 40,000 appeals and complaints, has four vacancies.
  • The Kerala Commission is functioning with only a single commissioner and has more than 14,000 pending appeals and complaints.
  • Similarly, there are six vacancies in the Karnataka Commission even though nearly 33,000 appeals and complaints are pending.
  • The West Bengal Commission is functioning with only two commissioners and is currently hearing appeals/complaints filed 10 years ago.
 
Petition filed in SC:
  • The effective functioning of information commissioners, the final adjudicators under the RTI Act, is critical for the health of the transparency regime in the country, the petition said.
  • The petition said that due to non-appointment of information commissioners, several information commissions take many months, and in some cases even years, to decide on appeals and complaints due to accumulation of pending appeals/complaints, defeating the entire object of the RTI Act, 2005.