The decline of India’s right to information regime, in four charts
From high vacancies to shorter tenures to rising pendency, the Central Information Commission (CIC), India’s right-to-information (RTI) appeals body faces a plethora of problems today
From almost always having a head to being headless. From five-year terms for key staff to three-year terms. From rules that didn’t leave room for interpretation to an overriding provision for the government. From hardly ever rejecting applications on the grounds of documentation to doing so in large numbers. That’s the arc the Central Information Commission (CIC), one of the key cogs in the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has travelled in the last few years.