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  • The State Information Commission will be constituted by the State Government through a Gazette notification.
  • It will have one State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) and not more than 10 State Information Commissioners (SIC) to be appointed by the Governor.

Tenure and Service

  • The State Chief Information Commissioner and a State Information Commissioner hold office for a term of 5 years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. They are not eligible for reappointment.                                        STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION

Powers and Functions of the State Information Commission

  • The commission submits and annual report to the state government on the implementation of the provisions of this act. The state government places this report before the state legislature.
  • The commission can order inquiry into any matter if there are reasonable grounds.
  • The commission has the power to secure compliance of its decisions from the public authority.
  • It is the duty of the commission to receive and inquire into a complaint from any person
  • During the inquiry of a complaint, the commission may examine any record which is under the control of the public authority and no such record may be withheld from it on any grounds.

While inquiring, the commission has the power of the civil court in respect of the following matters:

  • Requiring the discovery and inspection of documents
  • Issuing summons for examination of witnesses or documents and any other matter which may be prescribed
  • Summoning and enforcing attendance of persons and compelling them to give oral or written evidence on oath and to produce documents or things.
  • Receiving evidence on affidavit
  • Requisitioning any public record from any court or office.                                                  STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION
  • When a public authority does not conform to the provisions of this act, the commission may recommend steps which ought to be taken for promoting such conformity.


  • Removal is done by governor on grounds of bankruptcy, unsound mind, infirmity of body or mind, sentenced to imprisonment for a crime, or engages in paid employment.
  • He can also be removed for proved misbehavior or incapacity if SC inquiry finds him guilty. They can resign by writing to governor.

Powers and functions:

  • Acts as second appellate authority for RTI applications.
  • Inquires into complaints under RTI Act
  •  Have powers of a civil court. No public record can be withheld from it during inquiry of complaints.
  •  Submits annual reports to the state govt which are tabled before the house.
  •  Commission can recommend steps to be taken by an authority to become complaint under RTI.
  •  Can secure compliance of its orders from a public authority.
  • Inquires into complaints under RTI Act


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