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PREFACE This edition of the Right to Information Act, 2005 is being published in diglot form. The English text and the authoritative Hindi text of the Act have been modified up (lithe 1st day of February, 2011.

NEW DELHI; The 1st February, 2011

BHASEN,
Secretary to the Government of India.

THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY SECTIONS

1. Short title, extent and commencement. 2. Definitions. CHAPTER II RIGHT TO INFORMATION AND OBLIGATIONS OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

3. Right to information. 4. Obligations of public authorities. 5. Designation of Public Information Officers. 6. Request for obtaining information. 7. Disposal of request. 8. Exemption from disclosure of information. 9. Grounds for rejection to access in certain cases. 10. Severability. 11. Third party information. CHAPTER III THE CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION

12. Constitution of Central Information Commission. 13. Term of office and conditions of service. 14. Removal of' Chicf Infiommtion Commissioner or Information Commissioner. CHAPTER IV TIIE STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION

15. Constitution of State InFonnation Commission. 16. Tenn of office andconditions of service.

Right to Information Act. 2005
SECTIONS

17. Removal of State Chief Information Commissioner or State Information Commissioner. CHAPTER V POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONS, APPEA L AND PENALTIES

18. Powers and 19. Appeal. 20. Penalties.

functions of Information Commissions.

CHAPTER VI MISCELLANEOUS 21. Pmtection of action taken in good faith. 22. Act to have overriding effect. 23. Bar ofjudisdiction of courts. 24. Act not to apply in certain organizations. 25. Monitoring and reporting. 26. Appropriate Government to prepare programmes.

27. Power to make rules by appropriate Government. 28. Power to make rules by competent authority. 29. Laying of rules. 30. Power to remove difficulties. 31. Repeal.

THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005 No. 22 OF 2005
[15th June, 2005.1

An Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority, the constitution of a Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. WHEREAS

the Constitution of India has established democratic Republic;

democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information which are vital to its functioning governed; and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the revelation of information in actual practice is likely to conflict with other public interests including efficient operations of the Governments, optimum use of limited fiscal resources and the preservation of confidentiality of sensitive information; AND WHEREAS AND WHEREAS

AND WHEREAS

democratic ideal;

it is necessary to harmonise these conflicting interests while preserving the paramountcy of the

Now. THEREFORE,
BE

it is expedient to provide for furnishing certain information to citizens...
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