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STATE INFORMATION COMMISSON PUNJAB
The Punjab Government constituted the State Information Commission, Punjab on 11th October, 2005. Shri Rajan Kashyap, IAS (Retd.), former Chief Secretary to Govt. Punjab was appointed Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab under section 15 of the Right to Information Act, 2005.


Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab :
S. Sarwan Singh Channy, IAS (Retd.),

S. Sarwan Singh Channy, IAS (Retd.), has been appointed Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab under section 15 of the Right to Information Act, 2005. The Chief Information Commissioner has been administered the oath of office by H.E .the Governor of Punjab on 17.09.2014

Qualification & Experience of CIC:- M.A. (Public Administration); LL.B.; Ph.D., Worked on various Administrative posts with Punjab Govt.Retired as Principal Secretary to Punjab Govt. Department of Home Affairs & Justice, Transport, Cultural Affairs, NRI and Financial Commissioner Appeal.

Former Chief Information Commissioner/s, Punjab
S. No. Name Term of Office
1. Sh.Rajan Kashyap, IAS (Retd.) 18.10.2005 To 29.07.2008
2. Sh. R.I. Singh, IAS (Retd.) 29.06.2009 To 28.06.2014

* Sh. P.K. Verma, IAS (Retd.), SIC was appointed officiating CIC from 07.08.2008 to 28.06.2009.
After the retirement of Sh.R.I.Singh, CIC, Smt. Jaspal Kaur, SIC looked after the office of CIC from 25.07.2014 to 16.09.2014

Conditions of Service of the Chief Information Commissioner.
The salary and allowances payable to and other terms & conditions of service of the State Chief Information Commissioner are the same as that of an Election Commissioner of India.

Office
The main office of State Information Commission is located at Punjab Red Cross Building (Near Rose Garden), Sector 16, Chandigarh. It houses the office of the Chief Information Commissioner S. Sarwan Singh Channy, IAS (Retd.) and State Information Commissioners namely S. Ajit Singh Chanduraian, Sh. Yashvir Mahajan, IAS (Retd.), Sh. Nidharak Singh Brar, Sh. Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, Dr. Pawan Kumar Singla, Ms. Viney Kapoor Mehra, Ms. Preety Chawla, Sh. Avtar Singh Kaler, Sh. Hem Inder Singh and their personal staff and 4 court rooms.

Information Commissioners
The State Information Commissioners have been administered the oath of office by H.E., the Governer of Punjab   i.e Sarv Sh/Smt/Dr.

S. No. Name Date of Oath Date of Super-annuation Qualification & Experience
1. Ravinder Singh Nagi 14.02.2012 13.02.2017 Mechanical Engineer (3yr. Diploma) worked as Chief Engineer in M/s Rana Sugars Ltd. Amritsar and engaged in other professional and social activities
2. Ajit Singh Chanduraian 28.10.2014 31.03.2019 B.A. (Punjabi University), M.A. (Physical Education) Punjab University
Experience : Sarpanch elected unanimously for 15 years, Member of the District Planning Board Sangrur, President, Management Committee, Sahibzada Fateh Singh Public Senior Secondary School, Malerkotla
3. Yashvir Mahajan, IAS (Retd.) 23.04.2015 09.12.2019 M.A.(Economics). Rendered more that 34 years of Pb.Govt. Service including IAS and have a wide and varied experience in administrative and governance affairs.
4. Nidharak Singh Brar 23.04.2015 22.04.2020 B.A. from Punjabi University Patiala. Social Worker since 1975 such as President, Mangewal Nagar Sudhar Nojawan Sabha, Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Sports and Welfare Club, Member, Samaj Sewa Society Moga, President Baba Hazara Singh Sports and Welfare Club, Village Jhandiana North, Sahid Udham Singh Club, Village Bhalur, Sahid Baba Lal Singh Khosa Charitable Trust, Village Slina, President Punjab Virasat Munch Moga, Vice President Prof. Mohan Singh Foundation (Reg.) Ludhiana, Secretary Management Committee, Guru Nanak College Moga, Chief Editor, Magzine, Guru Nanak College Moga
5. Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke 24.02.2016 19.10.2017 B.A. from Shri Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Remained Sarpanch of Village Pakhoke, District Tarantarn for 15 years continuously; remained member of Zila Parishad for 5 years; Director and Chairman of Agriculture Bank for 3 years; Sarprast of Mamta Niketan Public School, Tarantarn; Senior Vice President of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee for 3 times; President of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee; Member of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee from last 20 years, and Chairman of Punjab Warehousing Corporation for 3 years.
6. Pawan Kumar Singla 24.02.2016 23.02.2021 M.A.(History), M.Phil, B.Lib Science, Ph.D.
27 years of teaching experience at Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala and 5 years Research Experience. Served as Controller of Examinations for the last about 6 years at Punjabi University, Patiala
7. Viney Kapoor Mehra 08.09.2016 07.09.2021 M.A.(Police Administration, LLM, Ph.D. (Law), P.G. Diploma in Women's Empowerment and Development.
Experience : 22 years teaching experience, 19 years research experience
8. Preety Chawla 08.09.2016 07.09.2021 B.Sc. Home Science from Punjabi University Patiala, Punjab. PGD in Dietetics and Public Health and Nutrition.
Experience : Worked as Sr. Dietician & Asst. Professor at Gian Sagar Medical College & Hospital, Banur. Vice Chairperson at Haryana State Commission for Women, Convener 10th perspective plan for women of Haryana
9. Hem Inder Singh 23.12.2016 22.12.2021 M.A. (Political Science)
Experience : Member, Khalsa College Governing Council, Amritsar. Member, Chief Khalsa Diwan, Amritsar. Vice-President, S.Desa Singh Majithia Public School, Majitha. Chairman, Majitha Co-operative Marketing cum Processing Society, Majitha.
10. Avtar Singh Kaler 23.12.2016 22.12.2021 M.A. (Political Science). LLB
Experience : Thirty years as Advocate.


Former State Information Commissioner/s Punjab
S. No. Name Date of Oath Date of Retirement
1. Sh. R.K.Gupta 17.05.2006 20.01.2010
2. Lt.Gen (Retd.) P.K.Grover 25.01.2007 17.11.2010
3. Smt. Rupan Deol Bajaj (IAS Retd.)  17.05.2006 22.12.2010
4. Sh. Darbara Singh Kahlon 09.06.2009 12.03.2011
5. Sh. P.K. Verma (IAS Retd.) 17.05.2006 16.05.2011
6. Er. Surinder Singh 17.05.2006 16.05.2011
7. Sh. Kulbir Singh 25.01.2007 24.01.2012
8. Sh. P.P.S. Gill 25.01.2007 24.01.2012
9. Smt. Ravi Singh 25.01.2007 24.01.2012
10. Smt. Jaspal Kaur 13.11.2009 27.10.2014
11. Sh. Narinderjit Singh (IAS Retd.)  14.02.2012 01.12.2014
12. Sh. B.C.Thakur (IAS Retd.)  11.08.2011 14.06.2015
13. Sh. Satinder Pal Singh (IAS Retd.)  28.05.2012 31.07.2015
14. Sh. Surinder Awasthi  14.02.2012 27.01.2016
15. Sh. Harinderpal Singh Mann  14.02.2012 08.02.2016 (Resigned)
16. Sh. Chander Parkash  11.08.2011 10.08.2016
17. Sh. Parveen Kumar (IAS Retd.)  28.05.2012 02.12.2016 (Resigned)



Secretary of the Commission

Dr.Amarpal Singh, PCS assumed additional charge on 13th December, 2016.

Former Secretary/s of the State Information Commission Punjab

S. No. Name Term of Office
1. Sh.S.S. Sandhu, IAS 21.02.2006 To 18.09.2006
2. Sh.S.S. Grewal, IDES 08.02.2007 To 08.02.2010
3. Sh.S.S. Sandhu, IAS 11.02.2010 To 31.12.2011
4. Dr.Arvinder Singh, IAS 20.06.2012 To 31.08.2015
5. Ms.Jasvinder Kaur Sidhu, IAS 06.04.2016 To 16.08.2016
6. Sh.J.M. Balamurugan, IAS 24.08.2016 To 13.12.2016


Powers and functions of the State Information Commission attention is drawn to sections 18,19,20 & 25 of the RTI Act, 2005.

Staff and source of Appointment:-

From Government: (Three persons)
Secretary to Commission (1)
Accounts Officer (1)
Reader to CIC (1)

From Outsource on Contract :-
Secretary to CIC (1)
Personal Assistant (10)
Reader (9)
Section Officer (1)
Senior Assistant (1)
Accountant(1)
I.T. Professional (2)
Bill Clerk(1)
Receptionist (1)
Data Entry Operator (5)
Peon-cum-Messenger (1)
Peon(12)
Driver (7)

Legal Professional on Retainership (1)


Management of affairs of the State Information Commission
Section 15(4) of the Act lays down 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.

Coordinating Department
Department of Governance Reforms of Punjab Government is the Administrative Co-ordinating Department of the State Government in respect of the Commission

Jurisidiction:
All Public Authorities in the State of Punjab.

Objective:
The State Information Commission is the statutory Commission for fulfilling the mandate assigned in the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Role of State Informration Commission Punjab as a Public Authority
State Information Commission exercises powers for implementation of RTI Act under Sections 18,19,20 and 25. At the same time State Information Commission Punjab is itself a Public authorities as defined in section 2(h) of RTI ACT 2005. Section 4 describes the obligations of public authority under the Act as below:-

Right to information and obligations of public authorities

"Section 4.
  1. Every public authority shall—
    1. maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerised are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerised and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated;
    2. publish within one hundred and twenty days from the enactment of this Act,—
      1. the par ticulars of its organisation, functions and duties;
      2. the powers and duties of its officers and employees;
      3. the procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability;
      4. the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions;
      5. the rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions;
      6. a statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control;
      7. the particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with, or representation by, the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof;
      8. a statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public;
      9. a directory of its officers and employees;
      10. the monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations;
      11. the budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made;
      12. the manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes;
      13. particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorisations granted by it;
      14. details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form;
      15. the particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use;
      16. the names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers;
      17. such other information as may be prescribed; and thereafter update these publications every year
    3. publish all relevant facts while formulating important policies or announcing the decisions which affect public;
    4. provide reasons for its administrative or quasi-judicial decisions to affected persons.
  2. It shall be a constant endeavour of every public authority to take steps in accordance with the requirements of clause (b) of sub-section (1) to provide as much information suo motu to the public at regular intervals through various means of communications, including internet, so that the public have minimum resort to the use of this Act to obtain information.
  3. For the purposes of sub-section (1), every information shall be disseminated widely and in such form and manner which is easily accessible to the public.
  4. All materials shall be disseminated taking into consideration the cost effectiveness, local language and the most effective method of communication in that local area and the information should be easily accessible, to the extent possible in electronic format with the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, available free or at such cost of the medium or the print cost price as may be prescribed.
Explanation.— For the purposes of sub-sections (3) and (4), "disseminated" means making known or communicated the information to the public through notice boards, newspapers, public announcements, media broadcasts, the internet or any other means, including inspection of offices of any public authority. "

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