Govt invites applications for Chief Information Commissioner, Information Commissioners in CIC

NEW DELHI, Jul 9: The Centre on Thursday invited applications for the posts of Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners in the transparency watchdog CIC, which is currently not working in its full strength.

The Central Information Commission (CIC) can have a Chief Information Commissioner and a maximum of ten Information Commissioners.

Chief Information Commissioner Bimal Julka’s term ends next month. At present, the Central Information Commission has six Information Commissioners.

It is proposed to appoint the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission, according to Personnel Ministry order.

The Right to Information (RTI) Act provides that the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be people of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass-media or administration and governance, the order said.

They shall not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of any State or Union Territory, as the case may be, or hold any other office of profit or connected with any political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession, the ministry said in two identical orders seeking applications.

“Persons who have attained the age of 65 years shall not be eligible for appointment,” it said.

The last date for sending the application for the posts is July 31 (by 5 pm), the ministry said, enclosing a proforma for the application. (PTI)


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