Ms Sushma Singh will be the next Chief Information Commissioner of India

The senior most Information Commissioner Ms Sushma Singh will be the next Chief Information Commissioner of India (CIC), she will succeed Ms Deepak Sandhu. The decision to appoint Sushma Singh, a former IAS officer, as the next CIC was taken unanimously by a panel consisting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Law Minister Kapil Sibal. She will be the second woman to become CIC after Ms Deepak Sandhu whose term comes to an end later this month.

Sushma Singh

  • Former Secretary to the Government of India
  • She joined the IAS in 1972, Jharkhand cadre
  • Offices held earlier: Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and also in the Ministry for the Development of the North Eastern Region (DONER).

Central Information Commission

The  RTI  act  2005  provides  for  establishment  of  Central  and  State  information commissioner as a designated authority to receive and inquire into a complaint from any person.

  • 26 October 2005: Mr. Wajahat Habibullah became India’s first Chief Information Commissioner.
  • Under  the  CIC,  the  Chief  Information  Commissioner  enjoys complete financial and administrative powers of a Department of the  Government  of  India  except  in  matters relating to the creation of posts,  re-appropriation  and  writing-off  losses  for  which it needs the specific concurrence of the Ministry of Finance.
  • The  Chief  Information  Commissioner  and  Information  Commissioners shall be appointed  by  the  President  on  the  recommendation  of  a  committee comprising — Prime Minister as Chairperson, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha; a Union Cabinet Minister to be nominated by the Prime Minister.
  • According to the RTI Act 2005, Chief  Information  Commissioner / Information  Commissioner shall hold office for a term of 5 years or till he attains the age of 65 years.
  • The  Chief  Information  Commissioner  shall not be eligible for reappointment.
  • The  general  superintendence,  direction  and  management  of the affairs  of  the  Commission  are  vested  in  the  Chief Information Commissioner, who is assisted by the Information Commissioners.

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