Right to Information Act

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TOPIC
RTI

Group Members
Name| Roll No|
Priyanka Jain| |
Rahul Parikh| |
Rutuja Bhosle| |
Sagar Gupta| |
Saneel Salian| |
Sonam Chaturvedi| |
Sumati Naikar| |
Surendra Duggar| |
Vidhi Sanghavi| |
Yash Goradia| |

Contents
Chapter 13
INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC3
Background4
State Level Laws4
Freedom of Information Act 20024
Enactment5
Scope5
Chapter 26
THE RTI ACT6
Object of the Right to Information Act7
RTI & THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY7
Chapter 38
REACHING THE MASSES8
Chapter 411
What is the Right to Information?11
Chapter 513
Whom does the Act apply to?13
Are private bodies covered?14
Are non-Government organizations covered?14
What is Information?14
What is a Record?15
Chapter 616
What is a Public Authority16
Public Information Officer16
Assistant Public Information Officer16
Chapter 717
Why is the Right to Information Act important for me?17
Chapter 818
What are the salient features of the Act?18
Chapter 920
What are the benefits of the Act?20
Chapter 1021
HOW TO APPLY21
Application Fee21
Additional Fee21
What information is exempted from disclosure by public authorities?22
Chapter 1125
Disclosure of Third Party Information25
Chapter 1227
Suo Motu Disclosure27
Protection for Work Done in Good Faith27
Chapter 1328
How can I apply for Information from a Public Authority?28
Chapter 1429
How much time does the authority have to reply?29
Chapter 1530
What do I do if my request is rejected or if I do not get the information requested?30
First Appeal30
Second Appeal30
Can I complain to the Information Commission?30
Information Commissions have the power to order a public authority -31
Can the Public Information Officer be penalized?31
Chapter 1632
Have people used the RTI Act to get information?32
Chapter 1733
Case studies33
Case Study 1: Using RTI for getting an electricity connection (Delhi)33
Case Study 2: PIO pays Rs 8000 for providing misleading information (Maharashtra)34
Case Study 3: Nannu gets his ration card & Triveni gets her PDS entitlements35
Case Study 4: Ensuring Public Health and Sanitation (New Delhi)36
Case Study 5: Rickshawpuller benefits from RTI37
Case Study 6: Five women receive their pension while attempting to file an RTI application (Rajasthan)38
Chapter 1839
Format of Application39
Chapter 1940
Role of the Government40
Chapter 2041
Some initiatives by the Government.41
Best Practice: “Jankari” – RTI Call Centre in Bihar41
“Train the Trainers” – Assam41
“Kerala State Information Reporter”42
Chapter 2143
Some international laws43
Access to Information Act, Canada43
Federal transparency & access to Information Law, Mexico43

Chapter 1
INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC
The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI) is a law enacted by the Parliament of India "to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens." The Act applies to all States and Union Territories of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir - which is covered under a State-level law. Under the provisions of the Act, any citizen (excluding the citizens within J&K) may request information from a "public authority" (a body of Government or "instrumentality of State") which is required to reply expeditiously or within thirty days. The Act also requires every public authority to computerize their records for wide dissemination and to proactively publish certain categories of information so that the citizens need minimum recourse to request for information formally. This law was passed by Parliament on 15 June 2005 and came fully into force on 12 October 2005. Information disclosure in India was hitherto restricted by the Official Secrets Act 1923 and various other special laws, which the new RTI Act now relaxes.

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