“persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass-media or administration and governance” would be eligible to apply for the same.
Current provision of the Act allows the government appoint only chief information commissioner and up to 10 information commissioners.
No member of parliament (MP) or member of the legislature of any state or union territory is eligible to be appointed as information commissioners. “It is clarified that cessation/termination of holding of office of profit, pursuing any profession or carrying any business is a condition precedent to the appointment of a person as Information Commissioner,” the circular added.
Information commissioner get the same salary and perks as that of an Election Commissioner, subject to adjustment of the pensionary/retirement benefits availed by him, if any, in accordance with the provisions of the RTI Act.
The last date of application is March 25, 2014.