It is an independent, statutorycommittee formed under the RTI Act 2005
It has jurisdiction over central government bodies, PSU and authorities. Central Information Commission
It has chief information commissioner
up to 10 information commissioners.
All are appointedby the president
Appointment on the recommendation of
Union minister nominated by PM
Leader of largest opposition party
Qualification for membership to commission are People should person of eminence in public life with experience in field of law, science and technology, governance, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration.
They should not be MP / MLA’s or connected to any political party, doing some business or holding office of profit.
Term & Condition
They hold office till age of 65 or 5 years.
The information commissioner is eligible for post of chief information commissioner but can be in office for maximum 5 years including his tenure of information commissioner.
Salary, allowances and other conditions are similar to Chief Election Commissioner andInformation Commissioner are similar to those of an Election Commissioner. Central Information Commission
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 misbehaviour or incapacity if SCinquiryfindshimguilty.
They can resign by writing to president.
Powers and 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
Commission can order inquiry into any reasonable matter (suo-moto power).
It has the powers of a civilcourt 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
Can make necessary changes to the practices relating to management, maintenance and destruction of records
Commission can direct any public authority to appoint a PublicInformationOfficer
Commission can direct for publishing information or categories of information Central Information Commission
It can ask for an annual report from the public authority on compliance with this Act
Imposing penalties under this Act
It acts as second appellate authority for RTI applications.
Submitsannualreportsto the centralgovt. which are tabled before each house of Parliament