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Agartala: The post of chief information commissioner has been lying vacant for the last one and half years due to the dilly-dallying from the end of state government.

The unforeseen delay in appointment in the crucial post has caused serious inconvenience to RTI activists as thousands of applications remain in limbo.

As per the existing norms, the Chief Minister of the state, Leader of the Opposition and Speaker of the state Legislative Assembly are the authorities who approve the appointment for the post after a thorough deliberation over the panel or shortlisted list of eligible candidates.

Unfortunately, the impasse over the issue could not be resolved and after former Tripura DGP AK Shukla quit the job after a short-lived stint of three to four months, no one took over.

According to official sources, the office of the state information commissioner has good staff strength and they are drawing a hefty amount of salary every month. “On an average, Rs 5 lakh is being spent from the government exchequer as salary for all the staff working in the office. But, the whole expense turns futile as services supposed to be extended towards the public are on a halt,” said an official who wished not to be named. Sources also said, initially a panel was prepared to incoporate shortlisted candidates, and file sent before the concerned authorities for approval.

Over a year has passed, but the government failed to hand over the responsibility to anyone. As per the central guidelines, states like Tripura may get three information commissioners.

Two commissioners shall assist the chief information commissioner for the state. Sources said, “More than 2,000 RTI applications are pending for redressal.”

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