About Central Information Commission (CIC)

About Central Information Commission (CIC)
  • The CIC has been constituted in 2005 under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
  • The jurisdiction of the Commission extends over all Central Public Authorities.
  • The Commission has certain powers and functions that broadly relate to adjudication in second appeal for giving information; direction for record keeping and suomotu disclosures; receiving and enquiring into a complaint on inability to file RTI etc; imposition of penalties etc.
  • The decisions of the Commission are final and binding.
  • Appointment: The members of the commission are appointed by a committee consisting of the PM (as Chair), LoP in Lok Sabha and a Union Cabinet Minister appointed by the PM.
  • Eligibility: The members shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology,social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.
  • Tenure:
    • The Chief Information Commissioner/Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of 5 years or till he attains the age of 65 years. The Chief Information Commissioner shall not be eligible for reappointment.
    • The Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of 5 years from the date on which he enters upon his office and shall not be eligible for reappointment as such Information Commissioners provided.
      • When the Information Commissioner is appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner, his term of office shall not be more than five years in aggregate as the Information Commissioner and the Chief Information Commissioner.
    • Where the Information Commissioner is appointed as Chief Information Commissioner, his term of office shall not be more than five years in aggregate as the Information Commissioner and Chief Information Commissioner.
  • The law gives Information Commissioners salaries which match those of Election Commissioners, while that of the Chief Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Chief Election Commissioner.
  • The decision to give the Information Commissioners a high stature and protected tenures was meant to ensure their independence.

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