Central Information Commission of India

The Central Information Commission (CIC) set up under the Right to Information Act is the authorised body, established in 2005, under the Government of India to act upon complaints from those individuals who have not been able to submit information requests to a Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer due to either the officer not having been appointed, or because the respective Central Assistant Public Information Officer or State Assistant Public Information Officer refused to receive the application for information under the RTI Act.


 The Central Information Commission shall consist of— 
(a) the Chief Information Commissioner; and 
(b) such number of Central Information Commissioners, not exceeding ten, 
as may be deemed necessary. 

The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of a committee consisting of— 
(i) the Prime Minister, who shall be the Chairperson of the committee; 
(ii) the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha; and 
(iii) a Union Cabinet Minister to be nominated by the Prime Minister. 

The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners 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. 

The Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner shall not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of any State or Union territory, as the case may be, or hold any other office of profit or connected with any  political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession. 

The Chief Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office and shall not be eligible for reappointment: 
Provided that no Chief Information Commissioner shall hold office as such after he has attained the age of sixty-five years. 

 Every Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office or till he attains the age of sixty-five years, whichever is earlier, and shall not be eligible for reappointment as such Information Commissioner: 
Provided that every Information Commissioner shall, on vacating his office under this sub-section be eligible for appointment as the Chief Information Commissioner in the manner specified in sub-section (3) of section 12: 
Provided further that where 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. 

The salaries and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service 
of— 
(a) the Chief Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Chief Election Commissioner; 
(b) an Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of an Election Commissioner: 

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