Composition of Central and State Information Commission

Q.  Which of the following is/are true?

1) Central Information Commission has not more than 10 Information Commissioners.
2) State Information Commission has not more than 15 State Information Commissioners.

- Published on 15 Mar 17

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Only 1
    Central and State Information Commission -

  • The Central Information Commission was established by the Central Government in 2005.

  • The Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions were constituted under the provisions of the Right to Information Act (2005).

  • The Central and State Information Commissions are high-powered, statutory, non-constitutional and independent bodies.

  • They amongst other things look into the complaints made to it and decide the appeals.

  • They admit complaints and appeals pertaining to institutions under the Central Government and the Union Territories (concerned State Government, in case of State Information Commissions).

  • Composition -

  • The Central Commission consists of a Chief Information Commissioner and not more than ten Information Commissioners.

  • For the State Commissions, it is a State Chief Information Commissioner and not more than ten State Information Commissioners.

  • They are appointed by the President (Governor, in case of State) on the recommendation of a committee consisting of -

    1. Prime Minister as Chairperson (Chief Minister, in case of State).

    2. The Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha (Legislative Assembly, in case of State).

    3. Union Cabinet Minister nominated by the Prime Minister (State Cabinet Minister nominated by CM, in case of state).

  • They should be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service etc.

  • They should not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of any State or Union Territory.

  • They should not hold any other office of profit.

  • They should not be connected with any political party.

  • They should not carry on any business or pursuing any profession.

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