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RIGHT 2005 30 .12 .



Right to information act 2oo5, has been introduced to bring transparency in the working of the public authorities for the benefit of public at large. Because it had become very difficult for the public at large to deal with the officers of the public office when they were not provided with the information which was necessary,

Right to information was bought. Right to information consists of two main constituents namely 1. Some sort of information 2. Right to get the information {INFORMATION } {MEANING} Any material in any form including records ,documents ,memos, e-mails ,opinions ,advices, press releases, circulars , orders , log books , data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority .

RIGHT TO GET THE INFORMATIONS It includes Right to inspect works , documents , records Right to take notes , extracts or certified copies of documents or records Right to take certified samples of material Right to obtain information in form of printouts, floppies ,tapes , video cassette or in any other electronic mode or through printouts.

APPLICATION AND JURISDICTION It came into force on the 12th October 2005 . The Act extends to the whole of India except state of Jammu Kashmir. MEANING OF PUBLIC AUTHORITY

That authority from which any interested person can seek any information

Powers and functions of information officers

Meaning PIOs are officers designated by the public authorities in all administrative units or offices under it to provide information to the citizens requesting for information under the Act

PIO shall deal with requests from person seeking information and where the request cannot be made in writing , to render reasonable assistance to the person to reduce the same in writing. If the information requested for is held by or its subject matter is closely connected with the function of another authority , the IPO shall transfer with in 15 days ,the request to other public authority and inform the applicant immediately.

IPO may seek the assistance of any other office for the proper discharge of his/ her duties. PIO, on receipt of request, with in 30 days of the receipt of the request, either provide the information on payment of such fees as may be prescribed or reject the request for any reason specified in concerned sections. Where the information requested for concerns the life or liberty of a person , the same shall be provided with in forty eight hours of the receipt of the request.

If the PIO fails to give decisions on the request with in the period specified , he shall be deemed to have refused the request.
Where a request has been rejected ,the PIO shall communicate to the requestor a. The reasons for such rejection b. The period with in which an appeal against such rejection may be preferred and c. The particulars of appellate authority .

PIO shall provide information in the form in which it is sought unless it is detrimental to the safety or presentation of the record in question. 9. If allowing partial access , the PIO shall give a notice to the applicant informing a. That only part of the record requested is being provided . b. The reasons for the decision c. The name and designation of the person giving the decision

CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION CIC to be constituted by the central govt. Commission includes 1chief information commissioner and not more than 10 information commissioners who will be appointed by the president of India.

Oath of officers will be administered by the president of India .

Commission shall have its head quarter in Delhi , other offices may be established in other parts of the country .

Commission will exercise its powers without being subjected to directions by any other authority . Candidates for CIC must be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge in law, science and technology , management etc. CIC shall be appointed for a term of 5 years from date on which he enters upon his office or till he attains the age of 65 years ,which ever is earlier. CIC is not eligible for reappointment.


SIC will be constituted by the state govt. It will have one sate chief information commissioner and not more than 10 SICs to be appointed by the governor. Oath of the officers will be administered by the governor . Head quarter of SIC shall be at such place as the state govt. may specify . The qualification for appointment as SIC shall be the same as of central commissioners .