Title : The Central Information Commission
Date : Dec 09, 2021
Topic à Statutory & Non-Statutory Bodies
- The Central Information Commission:
- The Central Government established the Right to Information Commission in 2005 under the requirements of the Right to Information Act (2005).
- There is a Chief Information Commissioner and a maximum of ten Information Commissioners on the Commission.
- They are selected by the President after a committee consisting of the Prime Minister as Chairperson, the leader of the single largest Opposition party in the Lok Sabha, and a Union Cabinet Minister nominated by the Prime Minister makes its recommendation.
- The Chief Information Commissioner and each Information Commissioner must serve for the duration of the Central Government's mandate or until they reach the age of 65, whichever comes first.
- Reappointment is not an option for them.
- CIC's Power and Functions:
- It is the Commission's responsibility to receive and investigate any complaint regarding information requested under RTI, 2005.
- If there are reasonable grounds, the Commission might order an investigation into any matter (suo-moto power).
- The Commission has the same authorities as a civil court in terms of summoning witnesses, requesting documents, and so on when conducting its investigation.
- Source à The Hindu à 08/12/21 à Page Number 3
Tags : RTI, civil court