Info panel jobs must be merit-based,says CIC

Addressing the eighth convention of the Central Information Commission here,Mishra said.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: September 3, 2013 12:36 am

Information commissioners should not be appointed as “means of distributing patronage” but based on their competence and belief in the right to information,Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra said on Monday.

“The information commissions play a very vital role in the dissemination of information but more importantly in stoutly protecting the citizens’ right. Therefore it is extremely important these are adequately manned and serviced,both with quality manpower and resources,” he said.

Addressing the eighth convention of the Central Information Commission here,Mishra said since the commissions adjudicate matters against governments,they should be empowered to be independent.

“More importantly,information commissioners should not be appointed as means of distributing patronage but strictly on the basis of their competence,knowledge of working in the government and belief in the right to information,” he said.

Mishra,whose tenure comes to end on September 4,said there was a rising feeling that information commissions were inadequately funded,and commissioners not selected entirely on merit.

Also,Mishra said,“the attention of civil society keeps getting diverted to various other issues and rights of citizens”. “But we should not forget that right to information is the mother of all other rights and any weakening of our ownership of this right would adversely affect success in securing other rights as well.”

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