March 3, 2020 Central Information Commission By Sutirtha Datta Constitution of India 0 Comments Contents Composition of Central Information CommissionQualificationTerm & ConditionRight to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019RemovalPowers & Functions Central Information Commission is an independent, statutory committee formed under the RTI Act 2005. It has jurisdiction over central government bodies, PSU and authorities. Composition of Central Information Commission Chief information commissioner Up to 10 information commissioners All are appointed by the President Appointment on the recommendation of Prime minister Union minister nominated by PM Leader of the largest opposition party Qualification As per Section 12(5), members should be a person of eminence in public life. They should have experience in one of following field Law Science and technology Governance Social service Management Journalism and mass media Administration As per Section 12(6), they should not be MP / MLA’s or connected to any political party, doing some business or holding any office of profit. Term & Condition They hold office till age of 65 or 5 years. Members are not eligible for reappointment. Information commissioner is eligible for post of chief information commissioner only. Total tenure of office can be maximum 5 years including his tenure of information commissioner. Salary, allowances and other conditions are similar to Chief Election Commissioner and Information Commissioner are similar to those of an Election Commissioner. Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019 It made two fundamental changes in RTI Act 2005. Tenure of the CIC and IC at centre and state levels for such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government. Salaries and allowances as may be prescribed by the Central Government. Removal Removal is done by president on grounds of bankruptcy, unsound mind, infirmity of body or mind, sentenced to imprisonment for a crime, or engages in paid employment. He can also be removed for proved misbehavior or incapacity if SC inquiry finds him guilty. They can resign by writing to president. Powers & Functions It is the duty of the Commission to receive and inquire into a complaint from any person: who has not been able to submit an information request because of non-appointment of a Public Information Officer who has been refused information that was requested who has not received response to his information request within the specified time limits who thinks the fees charged are unreasonable who thinks information given is incomplete, misleading or false Central Information Commission can order inquiry into any reasonable matter. It is a suo-moto power of CIC. CIC has the powers of a civil court in respect to some cases. All public records must be given to the Commission during inquiry for examination. No public record can be withheld from it during inquiry of complaints. CIC can make necessary changes to the practices relating to management, maintenance and destruction of records. Commission can direct any public authority to appoint a Public Information Officer. Commission can direct for publishing information or categories of information. It can ask for an annual report from the public authority on compliance with this Act. Central Information Commission can impose penalties under this Act. It acts as second appellate authority for RTI applications. Submits annual reports to the central govt. which are tabled before each house of Parliament.