RTI

Public Information Officer for RND: - Administrative- Cum-Accounts Officer

Assistant Public Information Officer for RND: - Senior Superintendent (Workshop & Traffic)

I. Right to Information under the Act 
  1. A citizen has a right to seek such information from a public authority which is held by the public authority or which is held under its control. This right includes inspection of work, documents and records; taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records; and taking certified samples of materials held by the public authority or held under the control of the public authority.
  2. The Act gives the citizen a right to information at par with the Members of Parliament and the Members of State Legislatures. According to the Act, the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person.
  3. A citizen has a right to obtain an information in the form of diskettes, floppies, tapes, video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through print-outs provided  such  information is already stored in a computer or in any other device from which the information may be transferred to diskettes etc.
  4. The information to the applicant should ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought. However, if the supply of information sought in a particular form would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority or may cause harm to the  safety or preservation of the records, supply of information in that form may be denied.
  5. The Act gives the right to information only to the citizen of India. It does not make provision for giving information to Corporation, Association, Companies etc, which are legal entities/persons, but not citizens. However, if an application is made by an employee or office-bearer of any Corporation, Association, Company, NGO etc including his mane and such employee/office bearer is citizen of India, information may be supplied to him/her/ In such cases, it would be presumed that a citizen has sought information at the address of the Corporation etc.
  6. Only such information is required to be supplied under the Act which already exist and is held by the public authority or held under the control of the public authority. It is not required under the Act to information or to interpret information or to solve the problem raised by the applicants; or to furnish replies to hypothetical questions.

Request for obtaining information:

  1. A person, who desires to obtain any information under this act, shall make a request in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is being made, accompanying such fee as may be prescribed, to –
  2. The Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, of the concerned public authority.
  3. The central Asst. Public Information Officer or State Asst. Public Information Officer, as the case may be, specifying the particulars of the information sought by him or her.

Provided that where such request cannot be made in writing, the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall render all reasonable assistance to the person making the request orally to reduce the same in writing.

  1. An applicant making request for information shall not be required to give any reason for requesting the information or any other personal details except those that may be necessary for contacting him.
  2. Where an application is made to a public authority requesting for an information.-
  3. Which is held by another public authority; or
  4. The subject matter of which is more closely connected with the functions of another public authority.

The public authority, to which such application is made, shall transfer the application or such part of it as may be appropriate to that other public authority and inform the applicant immediately about such transfer:

     Provided that the transfer of the application pursuant to this sub-section shall be made as soon as practicable but in no case later than five days from the date of receipt of the application.

II. What is Information

Information is not abstract concept under the RTI Act. It is conceived as  being contained in any material including records, document, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, date material held in any electronic form. It also includes information relating to any private body which can be accessed by the public authority under any law for the time being in force.

III. Timely Supply of Information

The Act requires that except in some special circumstances, decision on an application for information should be given within 30 days of the receipt of the request. Where the information sought for concerns the life or liberty of a person, the same should be provided within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the request. If the decision on the request for information is not given within the prescribed period, it is deemed that the request has been refused. It is pertinent to note that if a public authority fails to comply with the specified time limit, the information to the concerned applicant would have to be provided free of charge.

IV. Transfer of Applications

The Act provided that if an application is made to a public authority requesting for an information, which is held by another public authority; or the subject matter of which is more closely connected with the functions of another public authority, the public authority to which such application is made, shall transfer the application or relevant part of it to that other public authority within five days from the receipt of the application. The public authority should sensitize its officers about this provision of the Act lest then public authority is held responsible for delay.

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