Polity Notes


CIC is a statutory body set up under the right to information Act in 2005 under the govt of India, Constituted on 12th Oct 2005.

CIC acts upon complaints from individual who could not get the required information under right to information act due to either the officer not have been appointed or because the respective Central Assistant Public information officer refused to accept the application under right to information.

Jurisdiction All Central Public Authorities.

Composition of Central Information Commission

The commission consists of Central Information Commissioner and not more than ten Information Commissioners.

Appointments: Central Information Commissioner & Information Commissioners are appointed by President on recommendation of a committee consisting of Prime Minister, Leader of opp. Lok Sabha, and one Union Cabinet Minister nominated by Prime Minister.

Oath: of office to CIC is affirmed by President.

1st Sh. Wajahat Habibullah
9th Sh. Sudhir Bhargava
10th Sh. Bimal Julka
Presently 11th Sh. Y.K. Sinha w.e.f. 7-11-2020

Two women Ms. Deepak Sandhu & Ms. Sushma Singh had worked as Central Information Commissioner.

RTI Act 2005 is an act to provide for setting out the regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority, the constitution of central information commission and state information commissions and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Tenure of CIC and ICs 5 years or up to the age of 65years whichever is earlier
Removal CIC or ICs can be removed by President before completion of their tenure on charges of misconduct or incapacity or both after an enquiry conducted by a judge of Supreme Court.

Exemption from disclosure of information : There shall be no obligation to give any citizen information which would affect sovereignty and integrity of India, security, strategic, scientific or economic interest of state, relation with foreign states, disclosure of information which may constitute contempt of court, information received in confidence from foreign governments etc.