Chief Information Commissioner (CIC)


The new Chief Information Commissioner pays a courtesy call on the Union Minister and provides an update on the disposal rate of RTI applications.


GS-02 (Constitutional Bodies)

Main highlights:

  • As per CIC data, a total of 11,499 RTI Appeals/Complaints were resolved between January 1, 2023, and November 9, 2023, achieving an impressive disposal rate of 90.5%.
  • The Minister commended the Chief Information Commission for leveraging Artificial Intelligence in studying, analyzing, and identifying patterns in RTIs, as well as verifying the credentials of RTI applicants.
  • The CIC briefed the Minister on the implementation of a hybrid model, incorporating both physical and video conference hearings, for expeditiously handling RTI appeals within the CIC office.

Central Information Commission:

  • The Central Information Commission (CIC) is a statutory body established under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
  • Headed by the Chief Information Commissioner of India, the CIC can have a maximum of 10 Information Commissioners.
  • CIC members are required to possess eminence in various fields such as law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, and governance.
  • The President appoints the Central Information Commission based on the committee’s recommendation, consisting of the Prime Minister as the head, the opposition leader in Lok Sabha, and any cabinet ministers of the union nominated by the Prime Minister as members.
  • The tenure of the Central Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners is determined by the central government or until they reach the age of 65, whichever comes first, and they are not eligible for reappointment.
  • The salary, allowances, and service conditions of the Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners are subject to the decisions of the central government.
  • The removal of the CIC Commissioner can be initiated by the President on the advice of the Supreme Court, citing proven misbehavior or incapacity.