R ight to 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.
- To ensure greater and more effective access to information under the control of public authorities.
- To promote transparency and accountability in working of public institutions/organizations.
Statutory provisions made for right to information
Public Authority is under the obligation to provide information within 30 days form the date of request in normal cases or within 48 hours if information is a matter of life or liberty of a person.
What does RIGHT TO INFORMATION mean?
The right to Inspection of work, document records Taking notes, extracts, or certified copies of documents or records; Taking certified samples of material.
What does INFORMATION mean?
It means any material in any form including
Records (RECORD means: Any document, manuscript and file
Any microfilm, microfiche and facsimile copy of a document
Any reproduction of image embodied in such microfilm
Any other material produced by a computer or any other device)
Individual Institution/ Organization / Department/ office/ Establishment will have
Public Information officer PIO (designated)
Assistant PIO (designated)
PIO/APIO may seek the assistance of ANY OTHER OFFICER and this officer for the purpose of contravention of the provisions of this act shall be treated as a PIO/APIO.
LEVEL 2 Appellant Authority
At state Government Level will have The State Information Commission The State Chief Information Commissioner State Information Commissioners ( not exceeding 10)
At Central Government Level will have The Central Information Commission The Chief Information Commissioner Central Information Commissioners ( < 10 )
Making Request to PIO / APIO
How to REQUEST ?
In writing or through electronic means
In English or Hindi or official language
Accompanying fees ( prescribed)
FREE FOR BPL
DISPOSAL of Request !
Register the request
Acknowledge the receipt of FEES( BPL no)
Information with another Authority – transfer it immediately ( within 5 days, with intimation)