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[Indian Polity] RTI Central Information Commission & State Information Commission - Indian Polity Study Materials

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Right to Information Act, 2005
"An Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority, the constitution of a Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto"
Courtesy: http://www.righttoinformation.gov.in/webactrti.htm 

Central Information Commission (CIC)
'The Central information Commission was an independent body set up by the Central government in 2005 under the RTI Act, 2005 to act upon the complaints made to it and decide the appeals under the Central government and Union Territories."
State Information Commission (SIC)
'The State information Commission was an independent body set up by the respective state governments in 2005 under the RTI Act, 2005 to act upon the complaints made to it and decide the appeals under the respective state governments."

Important Facts to Remember
  1. CIC and SIC Established in 2005.
  2. It has the powers similar to that of the civil court while inquiring.
  3. Central Chief information Commissioner and other Central information Commissioners were appointed by The President.
    • Recommended by a committee consisting of
      • The Prime Minister - Head
      • The Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha
      • a Union Cabinet Minister to be nominated by the Prime Minister
  4. State Chief information Commissioner and other state information Commissioner were appointed by The governor.
    • Recommended by a committee consisting of
      • The Chief Minister - Head
      • The Leader of opposition in the State Legislative Assembly
      • a State Cabinet Minister to be nominated by the Chief Minister.
  5. Term of Both CIC and SIC - tenure of 5 years or 65 years of age

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