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Friday, October 9, 2015

Central Information Commission appeals plunge 96% in four months

By NIDHI SHARMA, ET Bureau | 9 Oct, 2015, 04.00AM IST

NEW DELHI: The number of appeals and complaints with the Central Information Commission (CIC), the final appellate authority for the Right to Information Act, plummeted 96 per cent to 119 in September from 3,356 in May. This has raised concerns over the functioning of CIC, the last resort for the common man to exercise his right under the transparency law.
An analysis of CIC data done by ET reveals that the number of cases dropped to 448 in August from 2,637 in June. Considering that in 2014, the number of cases registered in a month had averaged 2,662, against 1,345 cases in the previous year, the latest figures look completely out of sync.

The sudden drop in the number of cases over the past four months has coincided with a speedy decline in the cases pending with CIC to 35,000 from a peak of about 40,000 in May. Experts said this has put CIC's role into sharp focus especially because its central registry has not maintained any record of the number of appeals and complaints returned and the reasons for returning such applications. 
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