LS Speaker Om Birla inaugurated annual Convention of Central Information Commission

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LS Speaker Om Birla inaugurated

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inaugurated the annual convention of the Central Information Commission on 9 November, 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. 

Important facts

  • The Central Information Commission organises an annual conference every year during October-November.

  • The title of the convention is Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Citizen-centric Governance through RTI. 

  • Transparency, governance, right to information and other important issues will be discussed in the convention.

  • This conference also contributes significantly in widening and deepening the RTI regime.

  • Right to information means participation of people in the process of governance and administration which becomes inevitable.

Right to Information Act, 2005

  • The Act makes it mandatory to respond to citizens' queries for government information in a timely manner.

  • Its main objective is to empower citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of government, prevent corruption and work for the people in a democracy.

Central Information Commission (CIC)

  • It was established by the Central Government in the year 2005 under the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005. It is not a constitutional body.

  • It consists of a Chief Information Commissioner and a maximum of ten Information Commissioners.

  • The commissioners are appointed by the President on the recommendation of a committee consisting of the Prime Minister as the Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and a Union Cabinet Minister nominated by the Prime Minister.

  • The Commission inquiries from the concerned person in case of complaints received on any subject under the Right to Information Act, 2005.

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