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The Right to Information Act’2005 came into force in Arunachal Pradesh along with the rest of the country on 12th October 2005 after 120 days of its enactment. As per the provisions of this Act, State Public Information Officers (SPIO) and State Assistant Public Information Officers (SAPIO) were appointed by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh with separate notifications. In pursuance to the proviso of Clause 3, Section 15 of the Right to Information Act, a selection committee was constituted for the appointment of State Chief Information Commissioner and State Information Commissioners. On 13/10/2006, Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) was constituted and appointed Shri Nyodek Yonggam as the State Chief Information Commissioner and Shri Bani Danggen, Habung Payeng and Nipo Nabam as State Information Commissioners. They were administered the oath of office by His Excellency the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on 19/10/2006.

Further a fresh selection committee was constituted in proviso of Clause (3) of Section 15 of the Right to Information Act 2005 in a separate notification dated 18th Oct’2007 and Shri Toko Anil was appointed as State Information Commissioner on 15/11/07. He was administered the oath of office by State Chief Information Commissioner, Arunachal Pradesh, on behalf of His Excellency the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on 03/12/2007.

Due to new establishment, the Commission took sometime to start its functioning. The Commission has started functioning after getting office accommodation at Secretariat Annexe buildings in the first week of December’2006 with office functionaries provided by the State Government. The Commission, thereafter, entertained complains and appeals and initiated proceedings to disposed them off. It has also started monitoring the implementation of RTI Act and issued necessary instructions to various departments to comply with the provisions of RTI Act. The Commission is looking forward to educate the public and officials for proper implementation of RTI Act with the help of the State government.


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