Central Information Commission (CIC) has been constituted under the Right to Information Act, 2005. It acts on the complaints filed by individuals who are unable to submit information requests to Public Information Officers at centre or state level.
CIC consists of the Chief Information Commissioner and not more than 10 other Central Information Commissioners appointed by the President. The Commissioners are expected to have expertise in the field of law, social services, mass media, journalism, science and technology, management or administration or governance. They cannot be the members of Parliament or any State/Union Territory Legislature or have connections with any political party.
Powers and Functions of Central Information Commission
There are a wide range of powers and functions of Central Information Commission under the Right to Information Act, 2005. Central or State Commission can receive complaints from any person and can order inquiry on reasonable grounds. The Commission is vested with the powers of a Civil Court. It has the power to summon and enforce, discovery and inspection of documents, receive evidence on affidavit and secure compliance of its decision from public authorities like publishing information, seek annual report from any public authority in accordance with the law etc. Commission also has the power to grant compensation in appropriate cases.
Right to Information Act, 2005
The statutory framework for enforcement of the right to information began with the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act, 2002. This was followed by the enactment of the Right to Information Act, 2005. The Act facilitated in building a machinery with powers to investigate and challenge the decisions of Public Information Officers.
The concept of RTI is in par with the idea of modern democratic country and its citizens who must have the right to get information about the policies and prescriptions formulated for the economic and social welfare by the government. RTI is considered as a fundamental right under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India and aggrieved citizens have the right to move to the High Court or Supreme Court directly under Article 226 or Article 32 of the Constitution of India respectively.
Initiatives have been taken to provide a RTI Portal Gateway to the citizens for quick search of information about the government authorities and keep the citizens informed about the activities of the government.
RTI Application Online
There is a procedure of filing RTI applications online with the help of the link .
One has to click on the link to submit an RTI Application and RTI Request Form. Necessary details have to be filled in. One has to make payment after filing the application through various modes of online payment applicants of BPL category need not pay fee. A unique registration number is issued on submission of the application and may be referred by the applicant for future reference.
We have provided an easy access to the website of CIC, the RTI Act.