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CIC seeks inclusion in protocol list for government functionaries

The warrant of precedence is a protocol list in which the government functionaries are listed in hierarchy of their rank

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Central Information Commission

The will soon approach the government for inclusion of the Chief Information Commissioner and in the which gives hierarchy of government functionaries for protocol purposes, officials said.

The which is the highest adjudicating body for RTI matters and is entrusted to ensure maintenance of transparency across all government offices does not figure in the even after 14-years of being set up, they said.

The came into being after the Parliament enacted Right to Information Act in 2005.

The is a protocol list in which the government functionaries are listed in hierarchy of their rank and is led by the President followed by the Vice President, the Prime Minister and other officials, they said.

According to the RTI Act, the terms and conditions of service of the Chief Information Commissioner is at par with the while Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of an Election Commissioner.

The is listed at 9A position in the warrant of precedence which was issued on July 26, 1979.

The issue was discussed in the meeting of where go ahead was given to approach "appropriate authorities" for the inclusion of Chief Information Commissioner and in the warrant of precedence, the officials said.

The Supreme Court in a recent judgment on filling the vacancies of said, "Insofar as terms and conditions of appointment are concerned, no doubt, Section 13(5) of states that the and Information Commissioners shall be appointed on the same terms and conditions as applicable to the Chief Election Commissioner/Election Commissioner.

First Published: Tue, February 19 2019. 16:00 IST
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