LAB/U5 Topic 13 Information commissions, Powers of Information Commissions
- The Central Information Commission/State Information Commission has a duty to receive complaints from any person –
- Who has not been able to submit an information request because a PIO has not been appointed;
- Who has been refused information that was requested;
- Who has received no response to his/her information request within the specified time limits;
- Who thinks the fees charged are unreasonable;
- Who thinks information given is incomplete or false or misleading; and;
- Any other matter relating to obtaining information under this law.
- Power to order inquiry if there are reasonable grounds.
- CIC/SCIC will have powers of Civil Court such as –
- Summoning and enforcing attendance of persons, compelling them to give oral or written evidence on oath and to produce documents or things;
- Requiring the discovery and inspection of documents;
- Receiving evidence on affidavit;
- Requisitioning public records or copies from any court or office;
- Issuing summons for examination of witnesses or documents;
- 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.
- Power to secure compliance of its decisions from the Public Authority includes-
- Providing access to information in a particular form;
- Directing the public authority to appoint a PIO/APIO where none exists;
- Publishing information or categories of information;
- Making necessary changes to the practices relating to management, Maintenance and destruction of records;
- Enhancing training provision for officials on RTI;
- Seeking an annual report from the public authority on compliance with this law;
- Require it to compensate for any loss or other detriment suffered by the applicant;
- Impose penalties under this law; or
- Reject the application. (S.18 and S.19)