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LAXMIKANT: CHAPTER 56.1 STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION BY NANDINI MAHARAD
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TOPICS o Introduction o Composition o Tenure and Service Conditions
INTRODUCTIONN The Right to Information Act of 2005 provides for the creation of not only th Central Information Commission but also a State Information Commission at the state Level. o Accordingly, all the states have constituked the State Information Commissions through fficial Gazette Notifications The State Information Commission is a high-powered independent body uwhich interalia Looks into the complaints made to it and decide the appeals. o It entertains complaints and appeals pertaining to offices, financial institutions, public sector undertakings, etc., under the concerned state government
COMPOSIT ON o The Commission consists of a State Chief Information Commissioner and not more than ten State Information Commissioners - The number of State Information Commissioners varies from one state to another state. o They are appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of a committee consisting of o Chief Minister as Chairperson, o the Leader of opposition in the Legislative Assembly and o a state Cabinet Minister nominated by the Chief Minister
o They should be persons of eminence in public life with wide knouwledge and o They should not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of o They should not hold any other office of profit or connected with any political experience in Law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance. any state or Union Territory party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession.
TENURE AND SERVICE CONDITIONS The State Chief Information Commissioner and a State Information Commissioner hold office for a term of 5 years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whickever is earlier o They are not eligible for reappointment. The Governor can remove the State Chief Information Commissioner or any State Information Commissioner from the office under the following circumstances: o (a) if he is ad judged an insolvent; or (b) if he has been convicted of an offence which (in the opinion of the Governor) involves a moral turpitude; or (c) if he engages during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties of his office;
o (d) if he is (in the opinion of the Governor) unfit to continue in office due to inf rmity of mind or body or (e) if he has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his official functions. o In addition to these, the Governor can also remove the state Chief Information Commissioner or any State Information Commissioner on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacitsy However, in these cases, the Governor has to refer the matter to the Supreme Court for an enquiry If the Supreme Court, after the enquiry, upholds'the cause of removal and advises so, then the Governor can remove him.
o The salary, allowances and other service conditions of the State Chief Information Commissioner are similar to those of an Election Commissioner and that of the State Information Commissioner are similar to those of the Chief Secretary of the state government o But, they cannot be varied to his disadvantage during service.
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