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Chief Information Commission

Date: 09 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha has been sworn in as the new Chief Information Commissioner of India by the President.

 

Details

  • The Chief Information Commission (CIC) is a statutory body in India to act upon complaints received from individuals who have been unable to submit requests of information to a Central or State Public Information Officer under the Right to Information Act (RTI Act).

  • The CIC was constituted with effect from 12th October 2005 under the RTI Act 2005. Its jurisdiction extends upon all central public authorities.

 

Composition and appointment

  • The CIC is headed by the Chief Information Commissioner. He/she is assisted by ten Information Commissioners. The Chief Information Commissioner holds the office for five years. They shall not be eligible for re-appointment.

  • The salaries and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service of the Chief Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Chief Election Commissioner.

  • The commissioners are appointed by the President of India on the recommendation of a committee comprising of: Prime Minister (Chairperson), Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, and a Union Cabinet Minister nominated by the PM.

 

Functions

  • The commission can order inquiry into any matter if there are reasonable grounds.

  • The commission has the power to secure compliance of its decisions from the public authority.

  • The commission may recommend steps which ought to be taken for promoting such conformity, if public authority does not conform to the provisions of this act.

  • It is the duty of the commission to receive and inquire into a complaint from any person:

  • Who has not received response to his information request within the specified time limits;
  • Who thinks information given is incomplete, misleading or false and any other matter relating to obtaining information.
  • Who has not been able to submit an information request because of non-appointment of a Public Information Officer;
  • Who thinks the fees charged are unreasonable;
  • Who has refused information that was requested.
  • During the inquiry of a complaint, the commission may examine any record which is under the control of the public authority and no such record may be withheld from it on any grounds.

  • While inquiring, the commission has the powers of a civil court

  • The commission submits an annual report to the central government on the implementation of the provisions of this act. The central government places this report before each house of Parliament.