Uttar Pradesh Information Commission

  Who We Are
How is U.P. State Information Commission constituted?
  • U.P.State Information Commission has been constituted in accordance with the provisions of section 15 of the Act by the State Government of Uttar Pradesh through Gazette Notification No. 856/XLIII-2-2005-15-(2)-2003-T-C- IV, dated 14/09/2005.
  • The Commission consists of one State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) and not more than ten State Information Commissioners (SICs) who are appointed by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh on the recommendation of a selection committee headed by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Oath of Office is administered to the SCIC and the SICs by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh according to the form set out for the purpose in the First Schedule of the Act.
  • The Commission has its Headquarter in Lucknow.

What is the eligibility criteria and what is the process of appointment of SCIC/SIC?
  • The State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners must be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance. {Section 15 (5)}
  • The State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner shall not be a Member of Parliament or a Member of the Legislature of any State or Union Territory, or hold any other office of profit or connected with any political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession. {Section 15(6)}
  • Appointment to the post of State Chief Information Commissioner or State Information Commissioner is made by the Governor on the recommendation of a selection committee consisting of the Chief Minister, who shall be the Chairperson of the committee, the Leader of the Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha, and one Cabinet Minister of the State Government nominated by the Chief Minister. {Section 15 (3)}

What are the salary and allowances and other terms and conditions of service of SCIC?
  • The State Chief Information Commissioner holds office for a term of five years from date on which he enters upon his office, or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. {Section 16 (1)}
  • The State Chief Information Commissioner is not eligible for reappointment. {Section 16 (1)}
  • The salary and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service of the State Chief Information Commissioner are the same as that of an Election Commissioner of India, and shall not be varied to his disadvantage after his appointment.

What are the salary and allowances and other terms and conditions of service of SIC?
  • The State Information Commissioner holds office for a term of five years from date on which he enters upon his office, or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. {Section 16 (2)}
  • The State Information Commissioner shall, on vacating his office, be eligible for appointment as the State Chief Information Commissioner, provided that if he is so appointed, his term of office shall not be more than five years in aggregate as the State Information Commissioner and the State Chief Information Commissioner. {Section 16 (2)}
  • The salary and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service of the State Information Commissioner are the same as that of the Chief Secretary of the State Government, and shall not be varied to his disadvantage after his appointment.