Chapter 51: STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION
It is an independent, statutory
committee formed under the RTI Act to ensure freedom of
citizens. It has jurisdiction over state government
bodies, PSU and
It has chief information commissioner and up
to 10 information
commissioners. All are appointed by the president on
recommendation of chief
minister, cabinet minister nominated by him and leader of
Qualification for membership to
commission are persons 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/
profession or holding
office of profit.
hold office till age of 65 or 5 years. The information
commissioner is eligible
for post of state chief information commissioner but can
be in office for
maximum 5 years including his tenure of information
is done by governor 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 governor.
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 state govt which are tabled before
can recommend steps to be taken by an authority to become
complaint under RTI.
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