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About GIC

The Right to Information Act 2005 is a landmark legislation passed by the Government of India. It is one of the most powerful tools for ushering in Good Governance. The Act came into force on the 12th October, 2005 (120th day of its enactment on 15th June 2005).

Whereas THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT – 2005 (No. 22 of 2005) under Section 15 (4), provides that “The general superintendence, direction and management of the affairs of the State Information Commission shall vest in the State Chief Information Commissioner who shall be assisted by the State Information Commissioners and may exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things which may be exercised or done by the State Information Commission autonomously without being subjected to directions by any other authority under this Act.”

Under sub-section (3) of Section 15 of the RTI Act 2005, Government of Gujarat has constituted State Information Commission vide Notification NO. GS/32/2005/VHS/1005/2241/RTI Cell Dated:-11/10/2005

Govt. Of Gujarat Declared Headquarter of The Gujarat Information Commission at GANDHINAGAR vide Notification No. GS/34/2005/VHS/1005/2241/ RTI cell

Appointed Dr. P. K. Das, IAS (Retd.) as First Chief Information Commissioner vide Notification No. VHS/1005/2241/RTI Cell, dated 11-10-2005.

Second Appeal:

  • To be made to the Commission within 90 days from the date on which the Appellate Authority should have made the decision.
  • No time limit fixed for disposal of the second appeal by the Commission.

When to file Appeal with SIC:

  • If requests cannot be filed because PIO is not appointed.
  • When first AA upholds PIO’s decision of refusal.
  • If there is no response on request within time limit.
  • If requester thinks fees charged are unreasonable.
  • If requestor thinks information given by PIO is incomplete, false or misleading.
  • Any other matter relating to obtaining information under this law.

Special Powers of SIC.

  • To direct to appoint PIO in a Public Authority if not exists.
  • Require Public Authority to compensate for any loss suffered by requester due to unreasonable denial.
  • Seek annual report from Public Authority of compliance within this law.
  • Get the Public Authority to publish all information it is required to publish under this law. Enhance training pro visions for officials on RTI.
  • Get Public Authority to make necessary changes to records, management, maintenance and destruction proce dures.
  • Impose penalties as stipulated in this law.
  • The SIC has been given the powers of a civil court. This allows the SIC to even requisition records relevant to a particular case even if they are exempt under section-8.

Special Powers of SIC.

  • Can be made to the Commission under Section 18(1).
  • No time limit fixed for making complaint.

Quality Policy

We, at Gujarat Information Commission, understand and appreciate the fact that the people of Gujarat have entrusted us with the task of facilitating the fulfillment of their grievances related to Right to Information Act 2005. Upholding this faith and trust is our foremost responsibility and we are committed to work towards the same

With this commitment, combined with all our energy, experience, expertise and transparent systems, we strive to provide judgments compliant to Right to Information Act 2005.

We benchmark our functioning of systems with best practices, and thus endeavor to meet global standards and set newer ones. In pursuit of this aspiration, we use quality management tools and principles, based on the tenets of impartial adjudication in second appeal for Right to Information Act 2005, stakeholder satisfaction and effective process management. This manifests into having futuristic planning, innovative initiatives, efficient information management, teamwork, and effective delivery cum feedback systems

All this is built around systemic cycles of learning wherein we continuously upgrade the skills of our colleagues, officers and staff as well as the quality of our systems and processes, keeping in view the changing times and evolving technology, so as to ensure consistent satisfaction of our people and cutting-edge quality in our operations

Thus, through this comprehensive structure of pro-active, policy driven and system based administration, we endeavor to create more and more value for our state, our country and for the humanity

Objective for GIC:

  • Transparent judgment
  • Quick disposal and provide user friendly status updates
  • Providing insights to Improve the PIO office based on second appeal trends to State information commission
  • Building up a sharable knowledge base system
  • Reduced cycle times and dependencies

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