Chapter 50: CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION
It is an independent, statutory
committee formed under the RTI Act to ensure freedom of
citizens. It has jurisdiction over central government
bodies, PSU and
It has chief information commissioner and up
to 10 information
commissioners. All are appointed by the president on
recommendation of prime
minister, union minister nominated by him and leader of
opposition in Lok Sabha.
Qualification for membership to commission
are People should person of eminence
in public life with experience in field of law, science
governance, social service, management, journalism, mass
administration. They should not be MP / MLA’s or connected
to any political
party, doing some business or holding office of profit.
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.
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.
as second appellate authority for RTI applications.
into complaints under RTI Act
powers of a civil court. No public record can be withheld
from it during
inquiry of complaints.
secure compliance of its orders from a public authority
annual reports to the central govt which are tabled before
can recommend steps to be taken by an authority to become
complaint under RTI.
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