Published on: November 9, 2023

Chief Information Commissioner

Chief Information Commissioner

Why in news? Information Commissioner Heeralal Samariya sworn in as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC)


  • At present, there are two Information Commissioners in the Commission.
  • The Commission is headed by the Chief Information Commissioner and can have a maximum of 10 Information Commissioners.

About Chief Information Commission

  • Formed-12 October 2005
  • Type-Statutory body
  • Members-One chief information commissioner and not more than ten information commissioners
  • Appointment committee-Appointed by President on recommendation of Prime Minister as Chairperson, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and a Union Cabinet Minister to be nominated by the Prime Minister.
  • Tenure-As prescribed by central government or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier
  • Not eligible for reappointment
  • Oath -President
  • Power-Receive and inquire into a complaint from any person regarding information requested under RTI, 2005.
  • order an inquiry into any matter if there are reasonable grounds (suo-moto power).
  • While inquiring, the Commission has the powers of a civil court in respect of summoning, requiring documents etc.