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13,000 pending case files mixed up with closed ones at Central Information Commission

It has become a mammoth job at the CIC to segregate two lakh files which are part of active cases and those which have been closed after necessary directives

New Delhi: In a huge mix-up of records at the Central Information Commission (CIC), 13,000 files of pending cases have been dumped with over two lakh case records which were decided and slated for weeding out.

It has now become a mammoth job at the CIC to segregate the two lakh files dumped in the registry among those which are part of active cases and those which have been closed after necessary directives.

New chief information commissioner Radha Krishna Mathur has set a up team of officials under the registrar to go through each of these files to streamline the records.

People familiar with the matter said the CIC will weed out over two lakh files in which decisions have been given and no further compliance issue, or legal issue is pending, but it will take another three-four months because of the segregation process.

During a review of the registry maintenance process, it had recently emerged that among the 35,000 pending cases before information commissioners, actual files of only about 21,000-22,000 cases were available.

The stock-taking exercise showed that about 13,000 case files over the years were dumped along with the files which have been disposed of, the people said. The mix-up necessitated a segregation process which is delaying weeding out of unnecessary records.

Over the years, staff of various information commissioners also did not bother to check the files which should have been provided to new information commissioners for deciding the matters, and instead tried to wriggle their way out by creating part files or avoiding those cases. PTI

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