Thursday, January 06, 2011

Petitions pile up before Andhra Pradesh info panel

The Andhra Pradesh State Information Commission (APIC) has about 6,000 cases piled up before it. The four-member commission is left only with the chief information commissioner (CIC), Mr Jannat Husain, as the terms of three other commissioners expired last November. As the government is yet to appoint new commissioners, the commission is still handling appeals and complaints filed in early 2009. Currently, appeals and complaints pertaining to home, general administration finance and planning, energy, revenue and relief, infrastructure and investment, industries and commerce, and law department are being looked into by the CIC. The commission has 6,560 cases pending before it as on November 30. Under Section 15 (2) (b) of Right to Information Act, 2005, up to 10 commissioners could be appointed. However, officials in the commission hope to dispose of all the appeals and complaints within six months. They have sought the appointment of five information commissioners.

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