Marketing (FAQs)

51 What is the term of office and other service conditions of IC?
  1. IC shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office or till he attains the age of sixty-five years, whichever is earlier and shall not be eligible for reappointment as IC.
  2. Salary will be the same as that of the Election Commissioner. This will not be varied to the disadvantage of the IC during service.
  3. IC is eligible for appointment as CIC but will not hold office for more than a total of five years including his/her term as IC. (S.13)
52 How is the State Information Commission constituted?
  1. The State Information Commission will be constituted by the State Government through a Gazette notification. It will have one State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) and not more than 10 State Information Commissioners (SIC) to be appointed by the Governor.
  2. Oath of office will be administered by the Governor according to the form set out in the First Schedule.
  3. The headquarters of the State Information Commission shall be at such place as the State Government may specify. Other offices may be established in other parts of the State with the approval of the State Government.
  4. The Commission will exercise its powers without being subjected to any other authority.
53 What is the eligibility criterion and what is the process of appointment of State Chief Information Commissioner/State Information Commissioners?

The Appointments Committee will be headed by the Chief Minister. Other members include the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and one Cabinet Minister nominated by the Chief Minister.

The qualifications for appointment as SCIC/SIC shall be the same as that for Central Commissioners.

The salary of the State Chief Information Commissioner will be the same as that of an Election Commissioner. The salary of the State Information Commissioner will be the same as that of the Chief Secretary of the State Government. (S.15)

54 What are the powers and functions of Information Commissions?
  1. The Central Information Commission/State Information Commission has a duty to receive complaints from any person -
    1. who has not been able to submit an information request because a PIO has not been appointed;
    2. who has been refused information that was requested;
    3. who has received no response to his/her information request within the specified time limits;
    4. who thinks the fees charged are unreasonable;
    5. who thinks information given is incomplete or false or misleading; and;
    6. any other matter relating to obtaining information under this law.
  2. Power to order inquiry if there are reasonable grounds.
  3. CIC/SCIC will have powers of Civil Court such as - 
    1. summoning and enforcing attendance of persons, compelling them to give oral or written evidence on oath and to produce documents or things;
    2. requiring the discovery and inspection of documents;
    3. receiving evidence on affidavit;
    4. requisitioning public records or copies from any court or office;
    5. issuing summons for examination of witnesses or documents;
    6. any other matter which may be prescribed.
  4. All records covered by this law (including those covered by exemptions) must be given to CIC/SCIC during inquiry for examination.
  5. Power to secure compliance of its decisions from the Public Authority includes- 
    1. providing access to information in a particular form;
    2. directing the public authority to appoint a PIO/APIO where none exists;
    3. publishing information or categories of information;
    4. making necessary changes to the practices relating to management, maintenance and destruction of records;
    5. enhancing training provision for officials on RTI; ;
    6. seeking an annual report from the public authority on compliance with this law;
    7. require it to compensate for any loss or other detriment suffered by the applicant;
    8. impose penalties under this law; or
    9. reject the application. (S.18 and S.19)
55 What is the reporting procedure of CIC?
  1. Central Information Commission will send an annual report to the Central Government on the implementation of the provisions of this law at the end of the year. The State Information Commission will send a report to the State Government.
  2. Each Ministry has a duty to compile reports from its Public Authorities and send them to the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be.
  3. Each report will contain details of number of requests received by each Public Authority, number of rejections and appeals, particulars of any disciplinary action taken, amount of fees and charges collected etc.
  4. Central Government will table the Central Information Commission report before Parliament after the end of each year. The concerned State Government will table the report of the State Information Commission before the Vidhan Sabha (and the Vidhan Parishad wherever applicable). (S.25)
56 Who owns SAIL?

SAIL is a public sector undertaking of the Government of India which holds 85.82% of equity. Other major shareholders are Financial institutions with 7.57% stake and individuals with 3.68% stake. For complete details see Shareholding pattern.

57 What are SAIL's major products ?

SAIL has a wide range of steel products - both Long and Flat.
Among Long products are: Structurals, Crane Rails, Bars, Roads & Rebars, and Wire Rods; and Flat products covering the range of HR Coils, Sheets & Skelp, Plates, CR Coils & Sheets, GC Sheets/GP Sheets and Coils, Tinplates, Electrical Steel. SAIL also produces Tubular products and Railway products such as rails, wheels, axles and wheel sets.

Other products of SAIL include Pig iron and Fertilizers such as Calcium Ammonium Nitrate ("Sona"), Ammonium Sulphate ("Raja") and Coal Chemicals like Benzene, Toluene, Xylene etc.

58 Which are the major customer segments serviced by SAIL?

Besides supplying its full range of products to institutional buyers like Defence and the Railways, SAIL is successfully servicing the requirements of a variety of customers in the following user segments:

  • Projects
  • Construction
  • Heavy engineering
  • Fabrication
  • Tube manufacturers
  • Cold-reducers
  • Auto segment
  • Cycle
  • Drum & Barrel
  • Container
  • White goods
  • Transportation (oil/gas/water)
  • Coated sheet manufacturers
  • Wire drawers
  • Agricultural equipment