Over 30 per cent posts of Information Commissioners are lying vacant in 17 states while Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Nagaland do not have Chief Information Commissioners, finds a survey by a not-for-profit body.
Transparency International India (TII), which conducted the three-month-long survey, on Thursday said that 48 posts (30.8 per cent) of the total 156 posts of Information Commissioners, including Chief Information Commissioners, were not filled.
It also pointed out that 18,47,314 second appeals and complaints were processed, besides 11,356 cases of penalty dealt with, during 2005-2016.
Only 11 of the 29 states of India have provided access to online facilities for the filing of appeals/complaints, it added.
It said that the Centre for Law and Democracy (Canada) and Access Info Europe (Spain) published the ranking for 123 countries on the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) last month wherein Indian stood sixth -- slipping down two places.
(With inputs from agencies.)