State Information commission
State Information commission governed by Right to Information Act 2005. It facilitates appointment of State chief information Commission and also State Information commission. It provides information to the people of particular State. Public Information officers are also appointed to help the people in getting requested Information.
“In pursuance of sub-section (1) of section 15 of the Right to Information Act, 2005, the Government of Maharashtra has constituted the Maharashtra Information Commission, which includes State Chief Information Commissioner and Seven State Information Commissioners, GO (Ms). No.988, Public (Estt I & Legislation) Department, dated 07.10.2005.”
State Information Commission, Official site, Retrieved on 22nd December, 2017
Constitution of State Information Commission
The State Information Commission shall consist of :
- the State Chief Information Commissioner; and
- such number of State Information Commissioners, not exceeding ten, as may be deemed necessary.
The State chief Information commissioner and also the Sate Information commissioner appointed by governor on recommendation of committee. Such committee consist of :
- the Chief Minister who shall be the Chairperson of the committee;
- the Leader of Opposition in the legislative assembly; and
- a Cabinet Minister nominated by the Prime Minister.
The general supervision, direction and management of affairs of the State Information Commission shall lay with the State Chief Information Commissioner along with State Information Commissioners.
The State Chief Information Commissioner or State Information Commissioner shall not be member of Parliament or also of the Legislature of any State or Union territory. They shall also not hold any office of profit or connected to any political party or also carrying out any business or profession.
The State Chief Information Commissioner and also State information Commissioners shall have wide knowledge and also experience in fields of law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance and shall also be persons of eminence in public life. It may have headquarters as the State government specify in official Gazette and also with the previous approval of the State Government, establish offices at other places in State.
Term of Office
1. State Chief Information Commissioner
The Chief information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years from the date of appointment. He or she shall not also be eligible for reappointment. Provided that no State Chief Information Commissioner shall hold office after he attains the age of sixty-five. The salaries and allowances payable is same as that of the Election Commissioner.
2. State Information commissioner
Every Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years from the date of appointment or till he attains the age of sixty-five years, whichever is earlier. He or she shall not also be eligible for reappointment. Provided that every State Information Commissioner shall, on vacating his office will be eligible for appointment as the State Chief Information Commissioner in the manner specified in sub-section (3) of section 15. Further provided that the State Information Commissioner is appointed as the State Chief Information Commissioner, his term of office shall not be more than five years in aggregate. The salaries and allowances payable is same as that of the Chief Secretary to the State Government
The State Chief Information Commissioner and also State Information Commissioner may, at any time resign from his office, by writing under his hand addressed to the Governor.
Removal of State Chief Information Commissioner or State Information Commissioner
Following are the grounds for removal of State Chief Information Commissioner or State Information Commissioner:
- By order of the Governor on the ground of proved misbehavior or incapacity after the Supreme Court
- Governor may suspend from office, and if deem necessary prohibit also from attending the office during inquiry
- If declared to be insolvent;
- Has been convicted of an offence which involves moral turpitude;
- Engaged in any other employment during the term of office;
- In the opinion of the Governor, unfit to continue in office by reason of infirmity of mind or body;
- Has acquired such financial or also other interest as is likely to affect prejudicial his functions.