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JKSIC: Headless again

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Jammu & Kashmir State Information Commission (JKSIC) which is constituted under section 12 of J&K Right to Information Act 2009 (JK RTI Act 2009) has once again became headless soon after Khurshid Ahmad Ganai resigned from the post of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) on June 29th. At present a lone Information Commissioner (IC) Mohammad Ashraf Mir looks after the affairs of SIC. Under the provisions of section 12 sub section (2), the J&K State Information Commission (SIC) shall consist of State Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and two Information Commissioners (ICs). When Dr S K Sharma retired as State Information Commissioner in October 2015, Government failed to fill this position. After Dr Sharma’s retirement the then Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) G R Sufi retired in March 2016. Again Government failed to appoint a new CIC for many months. Finally the SIC became completely defunct when Information Commissioner Nazir Ahmad retired in November 2016. It was only after four months when Khurshid Ahmad Ganai was appointed as Chief Information Commissioner on 27th February 2017 .........

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