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Info panel vacancy: Supreme Court directs Odisha Govt to file status report

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court has directed the Centre and eight States, including Odisha to submit a report on what steps are being taken to fill the vacant posts in their respective State Information Commissions.

The Supreme Court has directed Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Karnataka to file status reports on steps they have taken for filling up vacant posts of information commissioners and also how these posts were to be filled.

They have been asked to submit status report within one week. The matter was posted for hearing on December 13.

The directive to the Centre and the States came after senior advocate Prashant Bhushan brought to the apex court’s notice a large number of vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC) and State Information Commissions.

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