New Delhi: In an effort to clear the
backlog of over 13,000 cases, the Central Information
Commission has decided to dispose of "on priority basis"
nearly 300 cases which have been awaiting decision for more
than a year.
The move came after Chief Information Commissioner A N
Tiwari ordered a detailed report on pending cases.
According to the Commission, nearly 13,668 cases are
awaiting decision, out of which 2.1 per cent cases are lying
for more than a year while a maximum of 91 per cent are
pending for nearly six months.
During a recent meeting of all the information
commissioners, the Chief Information Commissioner said that
disposal of cases pending for more than a year should be taken
on priority basis.
"It was decided to dispose all the cases pending for
over a year on a priority basis. It was noted that a large
number of over one year pendencies were due to appeals or stay
orders etc in similar matters in courts," the CIC office
Tiwari directed the registries of all the Commissioners
to inform him about such cases so that a decision on their
disposal can be taken and to ensure that waiting period is
"Processes of disposal of the cases were held up till
the courts` view in a given subject or interpretation of
statute was made known. Registries will put up the list of
such cases to the Chief IC for directions," it said.
In another significant move, the Commission directed
that uploading of decisions on the panel`s web site should be
done carefully so that no decisions are missed.