The Supreme Court on Friday said information commissioners, both at the Centre and in states, under the Right to Information Act should also be appointed from other streams of society and not limited to serving or retired bureaucrats.
A bench of Justice A. K. Sikri and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer said it is expected that information commissioners are appointed from streams with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.
They should not be limited to "serving or retired government employees. "
The entire appointment process must be transparent with terms and conditions of appointment specified in the advertisement inviting applications, it said.
Speaking for the bench, Justice Sikri said, "This (RTI) Act is enacted not only to sub - serve and ensure freedom of speech.
On proper implementation, it has the potential to bring about good governance which is an integral part of any vibrant democracy.
Attaining good governance is also one of the visions of the Constitution.