Central Information Commission

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Central Information Commission
Kendriya Suchana Aayog
केंद्रीय सूचना आयोग
Abbreviation CIC
Agency overview
Formed 2005[1]
Annual budget 113 million (US$1.7 million) (2011–12)[2]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency India
Governing body Government of India
Constituting instrument Right to Information Act, 2005
General nature
Operational structure

The Central Information Commission (CIC) set up under the Right to Information Act is the authorised body, established in 2005,[1] under the Government of India to act upon complaints from those individuals who have not been able to submit information requests to a Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer due to either the officer not having been appointed, or because the respective Central Assistant Public Information Officer or State Assistant Public Information Officer refused to receive the application for information under the RTI Act.[3] The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 8th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) on 2 September 2013.

The Commission includes 1 Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and not more than 10 Information Commissioners (IC) who will be appointed by the President of India. Commission will exercise its powers without being subjected to directions by any other authority. The Central Information Commission/State Information Commission has a duty to receive complaints from any person - a) who has not been able to submit an information request because a PIO(Public Information Officer) has not been appointed b) who has been refused information that was requested c) who has received no response to his/her information request within the specified time limits d) who thinks the fees charged are unreasonable e) who thinks information given is incomplete or false or misleading and f) any other matter relating to obtaining information under this law. Power to order inquiry if there are reasonable grounds.

CIC will have powers of Civil Court such as - a) summoning and enforcing attendance of persons, compelling them to give oral or written evidence on oath and to produce documents or things; b) requiring the discovery and inspection of documents; c) receiving evidence on affidavit ; d) requisitioning public records or copies from any court or office e) issuing summons for examination of witnesses or documents f) any other matter which may be prescribed. All records covered by this law (including those covered by exemptions) must be given to CIC during inquiry for examination. Power to secure compliance of its decisions from the Public Authority includes- a) providing access to information in a particular form; b) directing the public authority to appoint a PIO/APIO where none exists; c) publishing information or categories of information; d) making necessary changes to the practices relating to management, maintenance and destruction of records ; e) enhancing training provision for officials on RTI; f) seeking an annual report from the public authority on compliance with this law; g) require it to compensate for any loss or other detriment suffered by the applicant ; h) impose penalties under this law; or i) reject the application.

Current Chief Information Commissioners[edit]

Mr. Vijay Sharma is the current Chief Information Commissioner in 2015. Mr Sharma, a former Environment Secretary and senior-most Information Commissioner had been working as an Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission since 2012 .He is the present information commissioner of India.

==Current Information Commissioners==[4]

  • 1. Shri Vijay Sharma (CIC)
  • 2. Basant Seth
  • 3. Yashovardhan Azad
  • 4. Sharat Sabharwal
  • 5. Manjula Prasher
  • 6. M A Khan Yusufi
  • 7. Prof Madabhushanam Sridhar Acharyulu
  • 8. Shri Sudhir Bhargava

Former Chief Information Commissioners[edit]

  1. Wajahat Habibullah
  2. A N Tiwari
  3. Satyananda Mishra
  4. Deepak Sandhu
  5. Sushma Singh
  6. Rajiv Mathur
  7. Vijay Sharma

Former Information Commissioners[edit]

  • 1. M.L. Sharma
  • 2. Mrs. Annapurna Dixit
  • 3. Shri Shailesh Gandhi
  • 4. Prof. M.M. Ansari
  • 5. Mrs. Omita Paul
  • 6. Dr. O.P. Kejariwal
  • 7. Mrs. Padma Balasubramanian


  1. ^ a b "CIC Annual Report 2005-06" (PDF). p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "CIC Annual Report 2011-12" (PDF). p. 37. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Central Information Commission, Government of India. "Powers and functions of the information commissions". Primary source. Central Information Commission, Government of India. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.cic.gov.in/