Tuesday, September 09, 2008

CIC turning into 'parking slot' for retired babus

CIC now has three former IAS officers on board, including chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, and among the remaining are one each from IPS, Indian Information Service and Indian Postal Service. The two non-bureaucrats are former national security adviser J N Dixit's wife Annapurna Dixit and educationist M M Ansari. The commission, set up under the Right to Information Act, can have a maximum of 10 commissioners, besides the CIC. As per rules, they should be "persons of eminence in public life" from fields as varied as law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance. The situation in the states is no different since state information commissions (SICs) have turned out to be a major rehabilitation avenue for serving or retired bureaucrats.

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