Srinagar, Jan 9:
Confusion reigns supreme as Union Territory government fails to decide whether
to extend jurisdiction of Central Information Commission (CIC) to Jammu and
Kashmir or not.
In November 2019,
government constituted a five member committee to examine whether the new Union
Territory would come under the purview of Central Information Commission or a
separate Commission has to be constituted for the region.
Administrative Secretary, General Administrative Department, the committee was
to submit report by December 26.
A member of the
committee said they are yet to submit report to the government.
was also to spell out the actions required to be taken like re-designation of
public information officers and other functionaries under the Act if Jammu
Kashmir comes under Central Information Commission,” he said.
At least seven
commissions including State Information Commission were abolished by Centre
after Jammu and Kashmir became Union Territory on October 31.
Over two months
have passed, but there is no clarity whether Jammu and Kashmir would come under
the purview of Central Information Commission or a separate Commission would be
“Government should have made an alternate
arrangement before repealing the state acts,” an official of General
Administration Department said.
The official said
over 230 second appeals and 140 complaints under Jammu and Kashmir Right to
Information Act were pending for disposal in the State Information Commission
(SIC) when it was dissolved.
The SIC was
functioning with just one information commissioner. It was without the CIC for
more than a year before it was wound up last year.
are being treated just a pile of files until a new Commission is given power to
address them,” he said.