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Fairness in Pensions

All the central and state information commissioners (CICs and SICs) congregated in New Delhi in the second week of November to celebrate the 11th year of the enactment of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 in a two-day conclave. During the conclave I found a growing concern among SICs from across the country on the issue of their pensions.

The decade-long experience of the RTI Act has not as yet put in place any concrete plan towards the pensions of SICs. It is perhaps the most pertinent question, as after the five-year tenure, a CIC or SIC would end up with a pension of around ₹6,000–₹8,000 per month, which amounts to nothing after enjoying powers equal to the election commissioner (EC). A CIC or SIC would be in no position to hold any further office, hence, it is the responsibility of the government to guarantee a dignified sustenance and existence. After all, Parliament has made persons of “eminence” the selection criteria, which comes after a “life-long” service towards law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media, or administration and governance.

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