Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha [New CIC Chief]

Former Central Information Commissioner Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha is appointed as next chief of the CIC. He previously served as India’s diplomat (former diplomat) to United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. There is a furore over the way during which the short listing process was administered and also opposition over the failure to follow the Supreme Courts guidelines on transparency while appointing the officials.

Central Information Commission (CIC)

It is the body under Government of India in 2005, established as a statutory authority under Right to Information Act, 2005. CIC receives and considers the applications regarding complaints associated with inability to submit a request for RTI because to various reasons. CIC plays an important role to make sure and promote the transparency within the democracy.

Powers and Functions

  • Arbitration in second appeal to give information.
  • Suo motu disclosure of information.
  • Can enquire a grievance on inability to submit RTI.
  • Direction for record keeping.
  • Can impose a penalty.
  • The decisions of the CIC are final and binding.

Composition of CIC

The tenure of service of the commissioners is three years (earlier it was five years). It includes one Chief Information Commissioner and not more than 10 Information Commissioners, recommended by a select committee and appointed by the President. The select committee includes following members:

  1. Chairperson – Prime Minister.
  2. Members – The leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha and a Union Cabinet Minister nominated by Prime Minister.

Written by IAS POINT

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