Why isn't the government appointing a Chief Information Commissioner so I can get the answer sheets that I have been fighting for?" asks Chandan Singh, a disabled engineering student, as he hands over a copy of his petition filed at the Prime Minister's Office. Chandan had moved the Central Information Commission (CIC) against his college, the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, to get a copy of his answer sheets. He won, but the institute insisted it couldn't locate all the papers.
"When I complained to the commission, they said I would have to wait for the government to appoint the Chief Information Commissioner," says the 22-year-old who was born without a lower arm. "How much longer will it take?"
Chandan isn't the only one asking that question ahead of the 10th anniversary, next month, of RTI's enactment.
Right to Information (RTI) activists have been protesting the vacancy for nearly 10 months - since Rajiv Mathur, a retired Intelligence Bureau director, stepped down as CIC on 22 August last year. This was the first time that the commission has been without a chief.
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