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Central Information Commission once again becomes headless, reforms necessary
Central Information Commission (CIC) has once again become headless after retirement of Vijai Sharma from the post of Chief Information Commission on December 1, 2015.

Earlier also post of Chief Information Commissioner lied vacant for nine long months before the then senior-most Information Commissioner, Vijai Sharma was appointed Chief Information Commissioner.

Chief Information Commissioner should be made for one year by rotation amongst senior-most Commissioners with at least one year of tenure left.

New Chief Information Commissioner should be announced much before retirement of a Chief Information Commissioner like is done in case of Chief Justice of India so that such important institutions may never remain headless.

Short-term Chief Information Commissioners are liability on the system when they devote much of their tenure as Chief Information Commissioner in availing Leave-Travel-Concession (LTC), utilising remaining leaves, attending conferences or even months-long preparation for annual convention of CIC leaving only very few days for attending to real task of performing duties and responsibilities as Chief Information Commissioner.

(Subhash Chandra Agrawal is a noted RTI activist)

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