What is the role of CIC?

Role of CIC:

  • Power to order inquiry if there are reasonable grounds.
  • Receive and inquire into a complaint from any person:
    1. Who has not received any response to his request for information within a specified time
    2. Who deems the information given to him/her incomplete, false or misleading, and any other matter related to securing the information
    3. Who has been unable to submit a request for information due to the non-appointment of an officer
    4. Who considers the fees so charged unreasonable
    5. Who was refused the information requested
  • CIC/SCIC will have powers of Civil Court such as – 
    1. Summoning and enforcing the attendance of persons, compelling them to give oral or written evidence on oath and to produce documents or things;
    2. Requiring the discovery and inspection of documents; 
    3. Receiving evidence on affidavit ;
    4. Requisitioning public records or copies from any court or office 
    5. Issuing summons for examination of witnesses or documents
    6. Any other matter which may be prescribed.
  • All records covered by this law (including those covered by exemptions) must be given to CIC/SCIC during inquiry for examination.
  • The CIC also submits an annual report to the GOI on the implementation of the provisions of the Act. This report is then placed before both the Houses of Parliament.

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