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Right to information is a fundamental right of any citizen of India to know what is happening with the government. Every individual has the freedom to seek any government related information through this RTI act The Right to Information Act is one of the key legislation enacted by the Parliament which guarantees the right and freedom of every citizen of India to get the information related to our government dealings, both at centre and the states.
Right to Information Act mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. Right to Information empowers every citizen to seek any information from the Government, inspect any Government documents and seek certified photocopies thereof.
Right to Information also empower citizens to official inspect any Government work or to take sample of material used in any work.
Right to Information is a part of fundamental rights under Article 19 1 of the Constitution. Article 19 1 says that every citizen has freedom of speech and expression. This act was passed in the Indian Parliament on 15th June and was brought into force on 12 October Applicability : This Right to Information act is applicable to all the states and Union territories of India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir which has its own Right to Information act Every citizen of India has the right to seek information through this act.
Only an Individual can use this RTI facility.
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A group or company cannot request for any information. Covered Govt Offices : The citizen of India has all the right to seek information related to the Indian constitutional authorities, viz; the executive, the legislative, judiciary, any other institution or body constituted by the act of parliament or state legislature.
Any private institution financed and supported by the constitutional authorities. Who is responsible : Every government office will have its own PIO Public Information Officer who is responsible to accept the request from the public and provide the information within 30 days of their request. A minimum fee is charged from the public.
Information type : This act facilitates the citizen of India to obtain government documents, to inspect government documents, to inspect government works and to get the samples.
Government document means anything big to small including the Ration card, Election ID card. Time Frame : The time frame to obtain any information is 30 days from the date of application. If the application was submitted through APIO, then the time frame is 35 days.
In the case of information relating to life and death warranting very urgent information, the information to be provided within 48 hours from the time of application.
No information pertaining to offices and section dealing with security of the nation which will endanger the national security, security to personnel,.
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Appeals : An appeal can be made to the appellate authority. If the first appeal is not replied, then the second appeal can be made to the Information Commission. Actions on delay information : The officer is charged Rs.
He is likely to be charged Rs. Word limit : There is no word limitation when the act was brought into force.
Now the government is thinking to impose restriction on the word limit to words per application. Right to information act helps the citizen to exercise their fundamental right to get information without any denial from the authorities.
It helps the people to get the information pertaining to self relating to the government. It also helps to find out the corrupt functioning of the government and its officials.
It keeps a check on government to conduct its business in a very fair manner. This act creates a fear in the minds of government servants to think and work that they are the servants of the people of this nation. Many government scandals have been brought out. This Right to Information act has been conceived and delivered in a better shape that will lead India to move forward by reducing corruption in government departments.
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With this a government servant recognizes and respects the citizen of India and the government fears its people for wrong doings. Many government scandals have been brought out to light with the help of this good act.
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