GOVT. APPOINTS BHARGAVA AS NEW CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER.
Mr. Bhargava the former secretary to the Social Justice Ministry is going to be ninth chief commissioner of Central Information Commission. Four commissioners are also appointed names Yashwardhan Kumar Sinha, Smt. U.K.Vanaja N.Sarna,Suresh Chandra and Neeraj Kumar Gupta taking its strength to seven.
The CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION is the highest appeal body under the RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT established in 2005 under Government of India. The first chief commissioner was Wajahat Habibullah. The first woman chief commissioner was Mrs. Deepak Sandhu and followed by Mrs. Sushma Singh.
CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION
(a non-constitutional body).
The Central Information Commission is constituted by Government of India. It has one chief information commissioner and not more than ten commissioners. They are appointed by the President of India.
Appointment Committee comprises of Prime Minister as the chairman, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and one Union Cabinet Minister as nominated by the Prime Minister.
The CIC/IC should be the person of eminence in public life with the knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.
They should not be the Member of Parliament or any State Legislature or any Union Territory. They should not hold any House of Profit.
TENURE and SERVICE.
The Chief Information Commissioner and other Information Commissioners holds the office for 5 years or till they attain the age of 65 years whichever is earlier.
Eligibility for Reappointment.
They are not eligible for reappointment. The Information Commissioner is eligible for appointment as CIC but cannot hold the office for more than a total of 5 years including his term as Information Commissioner.
Salary.The salary, allowances and other service conditions of the CIC is same as that Chief Election Commissioner and of IC is equivalent to the election commissioners and is charged on consolidated fund of India. This cannot be varied to their disadvantage.
They are removed by the president on grounds off-
If he is adjudged as insolvent.
If he has been convicted of an offence which involves a moral turpitude.
If he holds any house of profit.
If he is not of sound mind and on grounds of proved misbehaviour and incapacity.
POWERS and FUNCTIONS.
Commission must receive and inquire into a complaint from any person.
It can order inquiry into any matter if there is a reasonable ground.
The commission has the power of civil court in certain matters.
During inquiry the commission can examine any record which is in control of public authority.
The commission submits its annual report to the central government and central government tables this report before both the Houses of the Parliament.