Powers and Functions of Central and State Information Commission

Q.  Which of the following is/are true regarding powers and functions of Central and State Information Commission?

1) The Central Commission submits an annual report to the Union Government.
2) The Commission do not have suo-moto power of ordering inquiry.

- Published on 15 Mar 17

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

ANSWER: Only 1
    Powers and Functions -

    Receive and inquire into a complaint from any person -

    1. who, due to non-appointment of a Public Information Officer, has not been able to submit an information request;

    2. who has been refused requested information;

    3. who thinks the charged fees are unreasonable;

    4. who thinks information given is false, incomplete etc.;

    5. who has not received response within specified time to his information request;

    6. any other matter relating to obtaining information.

  • The Commissions have suo-moto power to order inquiry into any matter if there are reasonable grounds.

  • While inquiring, the Commissions have the powers of a civil court.

  • The Commissions have the power to secure compliance of its decisions from the public authority.

  • The Commission submits an annual report to the Union Government (State Government, in case of State) on the implementation of the provisions of this Act.

  • The Union Government (State Government, in case of state) places this report before each House of Parliament (State Legislature, in case of State).

  • When a public authority does not conform to the provisions of this Act, the Commission may recommend measures to the authority, which ought to be taken for bringing in such conformity.

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