Thursday, September 10, 2015

What Is RTI- Its Importance And How Right To Information Is Used

What Is RTI

RTI or Right to Information act helps a person to get detailed knowledge about any sector that falls under the jurisdiction of India. The details about Right to Information Act are given below such as What Is RTI and Its Importance And How Right To Information Is Used.

What Is RTI

The year 2005 was a memorable year for RTI. In that year the national right to information law came into being. The Indian Parliament passed the central act in 2005 and received the presidential approval. It was implemented in the same year.  

What Is RTI

When did RTI Act come into force?

The Central Right to Information Act came into force on the 12th October, 2005. On the other hand, before that Nine  state Governments had passed state Acts. These were Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam & Goa.

What rights are available under RTI Act 2005?
  • Right to Information Act 2005 give power to every citizen to
  • Ask any query from the Government or look for any information
  • Take copies of any government credentials
  • Examine any government documents.
  • Check any Government works
  • Take illustration of materials of any Government work

RTI Importance
  • RTI lets the Indian citizens to get the information about the Govt. actions and decisions. You will be charged Rs.10-25 if you send an application through a registered post and you will get the full information.
  • The act promises to provide the information within the 30 days.
  • The citizens can file a new RTI Application and can get the information about the issue related to them, if they are able to pay Rs.70/-
  • The same opportunity came into being in 1950 but our decisions de-routed us from the path of anti- corruption and better governance that time. Still it came back to help in development.
  • It lets us contribute in establishment and development of the nation.

What Is RTI

How Right to Information is used

How do I locate the full Act?

The complete Act in Hindi and English is available on the website of Department of Personnel and Training www.persmin.nic.in and on the RTI website righttoinformation.gov.in.

Who will give me information?

One or more existing representative in every Government Department have been selected as Public Information Officers (PIO). These PIOs act like nodal officers. You have to case your applications with them. They are liable for assembling information sought by you from various wings of that Department and providing that information to you.

What Is RTI

Where do I submit application?

In the case of all Central Government branch, Six hundred twenty Nine post offices have been selected as APIOs. Customers go to any of these post offices and submit your fee and application at the RTI counter in these post offices. They will issue you a proof of payment and acknowledgement and it is the duty of that post office to forward it to the right PIO. The list of these post offices is given at www.indiapost.gov.in

Is there any fee? How do I deposit that?

Yes, there is an application fee. For Central Government section, it is Rs 10. On the other hand, different states have prescribed diverse fee.

What should I do if the PIO or the concerned Department does not accept my application?

You can forward it by post. Customers must create an official complaint to the particular Information Commission under section 18. The Information Commissioner has the authority to impose a penalty of Rs 25,000/- on the concerned officer who declined to accept your application.

How can I apply for information?

Draft your application by means of the form given on official site and submit it by post or in person to the PIO. [Keep in mind to keep a copy of the application for your personal reference.

 Is there an application form for seeking information?

For Central Government sector, there is no particular application form. Customers must apply on a plain sheet of paper like a normal application. 

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