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Fate of RTI and Central Information Commission
It is evident that it is highly impractical that all the Information Commissioners may together hear each and every appeal filed at the Commission.
MEDIA REPORTS about some Information Commissioners refusing to hear appeals filed at Central Information Commission (CIC) after division-bench verdict of Delhi High Court on 21.05.2010 should be a cause of concern for Union government to act immediately without delay of even a single day. Any subsequent hearing by Information Commissioners either at Central Information Commission or State Information Commission may be argued to be contempt of court.
 
It is evident that it is highly impractical that all the Information Commissioners may together hear each and every appeal filed at the Commission. Unfortunately some non-deliberate technical flaw in drafting of transparency-Act has led to the situation, which if not immediately rectified may lead to unmanageable chaos at Information Commissions already having a huge backlog.
 
India’s RTI Act has been one of the best such Acts of this kind all over the world, which has inspired many other countries to draft their own transparency Acts taking Indian Act to be a role-model. RTI Act in its present form has been instrumental in checking corruption and malpractices at all levels, tending to induce accountability in all wings of democratic system of governance.
 
Union government should immediately propagate an ordinance correcting the technical flaw, if any, as pointed out by Delhi High Court. RTI activists and members of civil-society should seek an urgent appointment with Chairperson of National Advisory Council whose role in gifting country with the finest post-independence Act has been exemplary.
 
 
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