Centre denies RTI plea on CIC
appointments (Indian Express)
Mains Paper 4 : Statutory, Regulatory and Various Quasi-Judicial Bodies |
Prelims level : RTI, CIC
Mains level : Issues surrounding the office of CIC
- The Narendra Modi government appears to have thrown a shroud of secrecy
around the appointment of the central information commissioners, denying an
RTI applicant even some of the basic information it had been willing to
reveal last year.
- Citing Section 8(1)(i) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, the
department of personnel and training on Wednesday refused to disclose even
the number of applicants for the vacancies advertised in July this year.
- But it had at that time too cited Section 8(1)(i) to refuse to reveal
their names and the process being followed to analyse or short-list the
- Section 8(1)(i) says that information can be denied in the instance of
“cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the council of
ministers, secretaries and other officers: provided that the decisions of
council of ministers.
- The reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the
decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken,
and the matter is complete, or over:
- It provided further that those matters which come under the exemptions
specified in this section shall not be disclosed.Sub-section (5) of Section
13 of the RTI Act, 2005, says the salaries, allowances and other terms of
service for the central information commissioner and the information
commissioners will be the same as those of the chief election commissioner
and the election commissioners.
- But two advertisements since July say that the salary, allowances and
other terms of the information commissioners’ service “shall be as may be
specified at the time of appointment of the selected candidate’’.
- The government had during Parliament’s monsoon session tried to
introduce an amendment bill that sought to empower the Centre to decide the
tenures, salaries and allowances of the chief information commissioner and
the information commissioners of the central and state commissions.
- The draft bill was circulated among Rajya Sabha members but the
government did not introduce the legislation in the face of combined
pressure from the Opposition and RTI users.
- The critics saw in the draft an attempt by the government to control the
information commissioners at the Centre and the states by making itself the
direct authority on the terms and conditions of their service.
Q.1) India is world's third largest importer of crude oil after the United
States and China. Oil imports in India are high and have soared up in recent
years due to which of the following reasons?
a) India does not have sufficient crude oil reserves.
b) Oil Exploration activity in India is sub-optimal and remains much below
c) Domestic crude oil production has been falling in recent years.
d) All of the above
Q.1) How India can diversify its own existing policy by not hammering the