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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM (IST)

Ex-CIC: Fill state info panel’s vacancies

Srinagar, March 20

Former Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) GR Sufi today castigated the PDP-BJP government for not fulfilling the promises made in its election manifesto on the J&K Right to Information Act.

“The State Information Commission (SIC) is not legally in place as the government is delaying the appointment of officials to make it functional,” Sufi said during a seminar here to celebrate 13 years of the RTI in the state.

The seminar was organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Movement in collaboration with New Delhi-based Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) today here.

RTI activists should launch a campaign for amendment to the J&K RTI Act to ensure timely filling of vacancies in the SIC, he said.

“The present government created a hue and cry about the RTI when it was in opposition. Even the PDP had mentioned the strengthening of the RTI in its manifesto, but when it came to power, it never talked about it. It made it defunct,” he said.

He lamented the fact that there was no provision for penalising any officer in a public authority for not complying with the proactive disclosure requirements under the RTI Act. He urged the RTI activists to begin a campaign for making the proactive disclosure provisions mandatory and subject to legal sanctions for non-compliance. — TNS


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