Right to Information

 Right to Information Act

The Right to Information Act 2005 is enacted by the Parliament of India giving citizens of India access to Central Government records. Under provision of this Act, any citizen may request information from a public authority which is required to reply within thirty days. Every public authority need to computerize their records for wide dissemination and publish certain categories of information. It is applicable to all constitutional authorities including executive, legislature and judiciary, any institution established or constituted by an Act of Parliament or a State legislature. The Act specifies that citizens have right to : request any information, take copies and inspect documents, works and records, take certified samples of materials of work, obtain information in form of printouts, tapes or in any other electronic mode.

Under the Act, all complying department must appoint Public Information Officer(IPO). Any citizen of India may submit request to the PIO for information in any format paper or electronic. Public information officers responsibility is to ensure that the information is obtained from the appropriate department or section. If the request pertains to other public authority, it is the PIO’s responsibility to transfer or forward the concerned portions of the request to a PIO of the other. Every public authority is required to designate Assistant public information officer( APIOs) to receive RTI requests and appeals for forwarding to the PIOs of their public authority. The citizen making the request is not obliged to explain why the information is needed. The Act specifies time frames for replying to the request. 

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