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Yashavardhan Sinha likely to be new CIC

The Government has reportedly clear the appoint 0f former Indian Foreign Service officer and Information Commissioner Yashavardhan Kumar Sinha as the new Chief Information Commissioner and journalist Uday Mahurkar  and Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General Saroj Punhani as an Information Commissioners. A high powered Committee , headed by the preme ministaer Narendra Modi and Adhir Ranjan Chaudhry, Congress leader in Lok Sabha.  It is said that the decision to appoint Sinha and Mahurkar came despite objections by Chowdhury in a dissent note. Sinha was sworn in as information commissioner in the CIC on January 1, 2019. A former diplomat, Sinha has served as high commissioner of India to the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.

The CIC has been without a chief since August 27 when Bimal Julka retired. after which the appellate body had, for the fifth time in six years, become headless. However, the government has gone with the seniority principle in appointing the CIC, opting to appoint the senior-most information commissioner to the post. the sanctioned strength of information commissioners in the central appellate body for RTI is 10. With the latest appointments, it has six commissioners. The four vacancies have persisted since November 2018. There is a pendency of around 36,000 cases in the CIC, and close to 32,000 of them are appeals while around 5,000 are complaints.



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