THE government has advertised for the posts of two new information commissioners in Central Information Commission, as two incumbents are due to complete their tenure on December 31, 2016 and February 17, 2017 respectively. Who can apply for the posts? Will two bureaucrats be finally chosen? In fact, any person 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, is eligible to be information commissioner, according to the provisions enshrined in RTI Act.
But the information commissioner shall not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the legislature of any state or union territory, as the case may be, or hold any other office of profit or connected with any political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession. It is further 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.
5 Year Tenure
An information commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
The salary and allowances payable to the Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Election Commissioner, subject to adjustment of the pensionary/retirement benefits availed by him, if any, in accordance with the provisions of the RTI Act.
How to Apply
Persons fulfilling the criteria and interested for appointment to the post of information commissioner may send their particulars in the enclosed proforma by post to Under Secretary (RTI), Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi or through e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
October 3, 2016
Persons who are serving under the state/central government or any other organization, should send their particulars through proper channel (administrative ministry/department/state/UTs).