Central Information Commission

  • It is an independent, statutory committee formed under the RTI Act 2005
  • It has jurisdiction over central government bodies, PSU and authorities. Central Information Commission
 
Composition
  • It has 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 largest opposition party
 
Qualification
  • 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 and  Information Commissioner are similar to those of an Election Commissioner. Central Information Commission
 
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 misbehaviour or incapacity if SC inquiry finds him guilty.
  • 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 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
  • 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 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.
  • Submits annual reports to the central govt. which are tabled before each house of Parliament
 
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