New Delhi: Central Information Commission (CIC) convened it’s first digital conference on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 in the wake of the unprecedented lockdown due to COVID 19.
The conference was attended by the entire Commission online and lasted one hour.
Besides the Chief Information Commissioner Bimal Julka, the conference was attended by all the Information Commissioners – D.P Sinha, Yashvardhan Sinha, Vanaja N Sarna, Neeraj Kumar Gupta, Suresh Chandra and Dr Amita Pandove.
The CIC has decided to implement digital technology for adjudication of cases without physical presence of the parties. Also, weekly review would be undertaken to iron out issues if and when they arise.
At its maiden online conference, it was decided by the Commission that the Deputy Registrars will fix dates in consultation with the Information Commissioners and issue the notices in all cases where the contact details of the parties are available. The contact details of nodal CPIOs will also be made available public authority-wise to the Deputy Registrars. Moreover, the Registrar will continue to train all the Deputy Registrars periodically to iron out administrative matters and technical support issues with NIC and ensure the scheduled hearings commence through audio/digital mode by 15 April 2020, if not earlier in the larger public interest
CIC went for a zoom conferencing to discuss various administrative and case work related matters.
Ahead of the digital conference, Chief Information Commissioner Bimal Julka took special interest and had asked all concerned to be available on time and clear all doubts to chalk out a way forward for the functioning of the Commission when the nation is going through the COVIC 19 crisis.
Secretary CIC Niten Chandra oversaw the preparations for the conference.