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The Right to Information (RTI) is an act of the Parliament of India which sets out the rules and procedures regarding citizens' right to information. It replaced the former Freedom of Information Act, 2002. Under the provisions of RTI Act, any citizen of India 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. In case of matter involving a petitioner's life and liberty, the information has to be provided within 48 hours. 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.
The RTI Bill was passed by Parliament of India on 15 June 2005 and came into force with effect from 12 October 2005. Every day on an average, over 4800 RTI applications are filed. In the first ten years of the commencement of the act over 17,500,000 applications had been filed
The Right to information in India is governed by two major bodies:
- Central Information Commission (CIC) – Chief Information commissioner who heads all the central departments and ministries- with their own public Information officers (PIO)s. CICs are directly under the President of India.
- State Information Commissions – State Public Information Officers or SPIOs head over all the state department and ministries. The SPIO office is directly under the corresponding State Governor.
Note: State and Central Information Commissions are independent bodies and Central Information Commission has no jurisdiction over the State Information Commission.
Objective of the Right to Information Act
The Government of India has enacted ‘the Right to Information Act 2005’ 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. The basic ive of the Right to
Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in
the working of the Public Authorities, contain corruption, and make our democracy work
for the people in real sense
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