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Central Information Commission
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This is a lesson on composition, establishment, functions, powers and working of Central Information Commission

Charu Modi is teaching live on Unacademy Plus

Charu Modi
Having completed Masters in Law with gold medal from Lucknow University, qualified NET in July 2018 and has taught at Ambition Law Institute

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  4. The Central Information Commission was established by the Central Government in 2005. It was constituted through an Official Gazette Notification under the provisions of the Right to Information Act (2005) It is not a constitutional bodv. The Central Information Commission is a high-powered independent body which inter alia looks into the complaints made to it and decide the appeals. . It entertains complaints and appeals pertaining to offices, financial institutions, public sector undertakings, etc., under the Central Government and the Union Territories

  5. COMPOSITION The Commission consists of a Chief Information CommisSioner and not more than ten Information Commissioners. .They are appointed by the President on the recommendation of a committee consisting of the Prime Minister as Chairperson, the Leader of Opposition in theLok Sabha and a Union CabinetMinister nominated by the Prime Minister. They should be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, ournalism, mass media or administration and governance. They should not e a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of anv State or Union Territory. They should not hold any other office of profit or connected with any political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any rofession

  6. TENURE AND SERVICE CONDITIONS The Chief Information Commissioner and an Information Commissioner hold office for a term of 5 years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. They are not eligible for reappointment. The President can remove the Chief Information Commissioner or any Information Commissioner from the office under the following circumstances (a) if he is adjudged an insolvent; or (b) if he has been convicted of an offence which (in the opinion of the President) involves a moral turpitude; or (c) if he engages during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties of his office; or (d) if he is in the opinion of the President) unfit to continue in office due to infirmity of mind or body; or (e) if he has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his official functions.

  7. POWERS AND FUNCTIONS The powers and functions of the Central Information Commission are 1.It is the duty of the Commission to receive and inquire into a complaint from any person: (a) 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; (c) who has not received response to his information request within the specified time limits (d) who thinks the fees charged are unreasonable; (e) who thinks information given is incomplete, misleading or false; and (f) any other matter relating to obtaining information. 2. The Commission can order inquiry into any matter if there are reasonable grounds (suo-moto power) 3. While inquiring, the Commission has the powers of a civil court in respect of the following matters (a) summoning and enforcing attendance of persons and compelling them to give oral or written evidence on oath and to produce documents or things; (b) requiring the discovery and inspection of documents (c) receiving evidence on affidavit, (d) requisitioning any public record from any court or office; (e) issuing summons for examination of witnesses or documents; and (f) any other matter which may be prescribed

  8. 4. During the inquiry of a complaint, the Commission may examine any record which is under the control of the public authority and no such record may be withheld from it on any grounds. In other words, all public records must be given to the Commission during inquiry for examination 5. The Commission has the power to secure compliance of its decisions from the public authority. This includes (a) providing access to information in a particular form; (b) directing the public authority to appoint a Public Information Officer where none exists; (c) publishing information or categories of information; (d) making necessary changes to the practices relating to management, mantenance and destruction ot records: (e) enhancing training provision for officials on the right to information; () seeking an annual report from the public authority on compliance with this Act; (g) requiring the public authority to compensate for any loss or other detriment suffered by the applicant; (h) imposing penalties under this Act5; and ( ) rejecting the application. 6. The Commission submits an annual report to the Central Government on the implementation of the provisions of this Act. The Central Government places this report before each House of Parliament. 7. When a public authority does not conform to the provisions of this Act, the Commission may recommend (to the authority) steps which ought to be taken for promoting such conformity.