About Right to Information
When does it come into force?
It comes into force on the 12th October, 2005
(120th day of its enactment on 15th June, 2005). Some
provisions have come into force with immediate effect viz.
obligations of public authorities [S.4(1)], designation of
Public Information Officers and Assistant Public Information
Officers[S.5(1) and 5(2)], constitution of Central
Information Commission (S.12 and 13), constitution of State
Information Commission (S.15 and 16), non-applicability of
the Act to Intelligence and Security Organizations (S.24)
and power to make rules to carry out the provisions of the
Act (S.27 and 28).
Who is covered?
The Act extends to the whole of India
except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. [S.(12)]
What does information mean?
Information means any material in any form
including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions,
advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks,
contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material
held in any electronic form and information relating to any
private body which can be accessed by a public authority
under any other law for the time being in force but does not
include "file notings" [S.2(f)].
What does Right to
It includes the right
inspect works, documents,
take notes, extracts or
certified copies of documents or records.
take certified samples of
obtain information in form of
printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes, video
cassettes or in any other electronic mode or
Source from http://persmin.nic.in/RTI/WelcomeRTI.htm
Bringing Information to the Citizens
Information Act 2005 mandates timely response to
citizen requests for government information. It
is an initiative taken by Department of
Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel,
Public Grievances and Pensions to provide a– RTI
Portal Gateway to the citizens for quick search
of information on the details of first Appellate
Authorities,PIOs etc. amongst others, besides
access to RTI related information / disclosures
published on the web by various Public
Authorities under the government of India as
well as the State Governments.
Objective of the Right to Information Act :
The basic object of
the Right to Information Act is to empower
transparency and accountability in the
working of the Government,contain
corruption, and make our democracy work for
the people in real sense.It goes without
saying that an informed citizen is better
equipped to keep necessary vigil on the
instruments of governance and make the
government more accountable to the
governed.The Act is a big step towards
making the citizens informed about the
activities of the Government.
The information displayed in the web pages is indicative, but
compiled with care and diligence. However nic does not take
responsibility on how it is used or the consequences of its use., in
case of any inconsistency in the information concern department will