THE MIZORAM INFORMATION COMMISSION.
The Right to Information Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 11th May, 2005 and by the Rajya Sabha on 12th May, 2005 and it received assent of the President of India, Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam on 15th June, 2005 and has come on the Statue Book as the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005). The Act provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.
Under Section 15(1) of this Act, it was stated that, “Every State Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute a body to be known as the ……..(name of State) Information Commission to exercise the powers conferred on, and to perform the functions assigned to it under this Act”. In accordance with this provision, the Mizoram Information Commission, consisting one State Chief Information Commissioner and two State Information Commissioners, was established by the Government of Mizoram on 29th June, 2006 vide Government of Mizoram, Information & Public Relations Department’s Notification No.F.13011/11/2005-IPR dt.29.06.2006 and Mizoram Information Commission was officially functioning w.e.f. 05.07.2006. The office of the Mizoram Information Commission, from the inception to till date, is accommodated in the building constructed for All India Services’s Transit Accommodation at Khatla, New Secretariat Complex, Mizoram.
Mr. Robert Hrangdawla, IAS (Rtd.) was the State Chief Information Commissioner from 5.7.2006 to 1.2.2010 and Mr. K.Tlanthanga, IB(P)S (Rtd.) was the State Information Commissioner from 5.7.2006 to 30.6.2011.The office of the Mizoram Information Commission, from the inception to till date, is accommodated in the building constructed for the All India Service’s Transit Accommodation at Khatla, New Secretariat Complex, Aizawl, Mizoram.
On the selection and recommendation of a Selection Committee consisting of the Chief Minister, the Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly and the Cabinet Minister in-charge of Information and Public Relations Department, Mr. Lal Dingliana, Indian Foreign Service (IFS) was appointed by the Governor of Mizoram as the new Mizoram State Chief Information Commissioner, which was notified vide Government of Mizoram, Information and Public Relations Department’s Notification No.F.13011/7/2011-IPR/PT dt. 5th August, 2011. Mr Lal Dingliana, on his taking Voluntary Retirement from Indian Foreign Service and on his return from Venezuela, where he was serving as Ambassador of India, was sworn in by the Governor of Mizoram, M.M. Lakhera on 8th August, 2011 (Monday).
On 21st May 2012 Mr.L.Hrangnawna I.P.S (Rtd) former IGP of Mizoram was sworn in by the Governor Shri Vakkom B Purushothaman as the State Information Commissioner (SIC)